Digital health tools can be effective in delivering mental and behavioural health support, especially during pandemic times such as the COVID-19, and can help in predicting future issues.

Verdict has conducted a poll to analyse which the most potential digital health tool is for treating mental and behavioural health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

Digital therapeutics emerged as the most potential digital health tool as voted by a majority 31% of the respondents, followed by telemedicine (28%).

While 24% of the respondents voted virtual or augmented reality to have most potential, 16% voted for mobile applications.

Poll on digital tools for mental health

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The analysis is based on 188 responses received from the readers of Pharmaceutical Technology, a Verdict network site, between 02 February and 12 April 2021.

Digital health tools for treating mental health conditions

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the mental and behavioural health burden on people. Lockdowns and social distancing norms implemented during the early days of the pandemic led to a spike in symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, and depression. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) have highlighted the need to incorporate mental health into their plans for public health emergencies such as COVID-19.

Digital health tools can serve as a powerful medium for the prevention, detection, care, treatment, as well as management of mental health issues during the period of social distancing and limited resources.