University of Oulu

Konttila, Jenni; Korkiakoski, Valtteri; Kurikka, Jussi; Pääkkönen, Jarmo; Kyngäs, Helvi (2021) Co-creation : an approach to developing digitalized mental healthcare. Psychiatria Fennica 52: 138-146.

Co-creation : an approach to developing digitalized mental healthcare

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Author: Konttila, Jenni1,2; Korkiakoski, Valtteri3,4,5; Kurikka, Jussi3,4;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management
2University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
3Medified Solutions Ltd.
4Tampere University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology
5Tampere University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural sciences
6University of Oulu, Centre for Health and Technology
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Psykiatrian Tutkimussäätiö, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-12


Mental health problems are increasing worldwide and a need for the development of digital mental health services has been noticed globally. A variety of novel technologies are currently being introduced in mental health services. The development process of health services should be done in collaboration with end-users and companies: it is crucial to develop health services with end-users and companies, because the resources of public healthcare are limited and the services are complex. A cocreation is a prominent facilitator of digital transformation, and it increases acceptability and user-friendliness. Especially, there are concrete benefits of co-creation models for stakeholders when developing needs-based products and services for healthcare. The aim of this article is to introduce the use of the co-creation process throughout the development of dynamic treatment monitoring solutions for mental health issues, and to present the preliminary results of a pilot test. Based on the results of the pilot test, the co-creation process improved the solution, and healthcare professionals were willing to use it. The solution increased the sensibleness of their work. In addition, digitalization enabled individual follow-up between care visits. Results tentatively point towards the usefulness and benefits of a data-driven monitoring system for mental health treatment.

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Series: Psychiatria Fennica
ISSN: 2489-6152
ISSN-E: 2489-6152
ISSN-L: 2489-6152
Volume: 52
Pages: 138 - 146
Type of Publication: B1 Journal article
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
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