In 2018, World Mental Health Day focused on young people’s mental health in a changing world. To coincide with this theme our Group and Cochrane decided to focus attention on a recent review by a team of authors based at the University of Auckland on E-health interventions for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents with long-term physical conditions.
Long‐term physical conditions affect 10% to 12% of children and adolescents worldwide; these individuals are at greater risk of developing psychological problems, particularly anxiety and depression. This Cochrane Review found that at present, the field of e‐health interventions for the treatment of anxiety or depression in children and adolescents with long‐term physical conditions is limited to five low quality trials. The very low‐quality of the evidence means the effects of e‐health interventions are uncertain at this time, especially in children aged under 10 years. Although it is too early to recommend e‐health interventions for this clinical population, given their growing number, and the global improvement in access to technology, there appears to be room for the development and evaluation of acceptable and effective technologically‐based treatments to suit children and adolescents with long‐term physical conditions.
You can find more out about this review on the Cochrane Library here.
How do we make our #cochraneevidence more accessible?
We have been working on how we make our evidence more accessible, especially to a younger audience. To do this we have been working with a designer who specialises in visual storytelling from Nifty Fox Creative. This is the image we developed and released on World Mental Health Day. We plan to evaluate whether this approach helps make our evidence more accessible and reach a wider audience. We have been asking people what they think on twitter, let us know if you like it.
We have also worked with Cochrane Iberoamérica to do a spanish translation.