RESIDENT: eHealth for Mental Health: Optimizing information delivery between providers and patients in suicide assessment

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Presenting Author(s): Dr. Eric Chan Tai Kong

Co-Author(s): Dr. Katherine J. Aitchison, Garima Aryal, Dr. Andrius Baskys, Dr. Patrick Carnes, Dr. Bradley Green, Dr. Richard A. Isenberg, Dr. Rohit J. Lodhi, Leslie Roper, Keanna Wallace

Date and time: 24 Mar 2018 from 14:15 to 14:30

Location: Hawthorn C  Floor Map

Presenting Author: Dr. Eric Chan Tai Kong

Co-Author(s) Names: Keanna Wallace, Garima Aryal, Leslie Roper, Dr. Rohit J. Lodhi, Dr. Richard A. Isenberg, Dr. Bradley Green,  Dr. Andrius Baskys, Dr. Patrick Carnes, Dr. Katherine J. Aitchison


Learning Objectives:

  1. To review the literature surrounding the use of mobile applications in healthcare, primarily as it relates to symptom monitoring in mental health
  2. To detail the process surrounding the development and implementation of a mobile application administering the Suicide Ideation and Behavior Assessment Tool (SIBAT)
  3. To discuss plans to assess student preference for the SIBAT to be administered via the Qualtrics platform or via an app.

Literature Reference:

Catalyst Canada. Smartphone behaviour in Canada and the implications for marketers in 2016. Catalyst Canada Web site ( Accessed January 19, 2018.

Proudfoot J, Parker G, Hadzi Pavlovic D, et al. Community attitudes to the appropriation of mobile phones for monitoring and managing depression, anxiety, and stress. J Med Internet Res. 2010;12(5):e64. PMID: 21169174. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1475.

Torous J, Friedman R, Keshavan M. Smartphone ownership and interest in mobile applications to monitor symptoms of mental health conditions. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 2014;2(1):e2. PMID: 25098314. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.2994.

Donker T, Petrie K, Proudfoot J, et al. Smartphones for smarter delivery of mental health programs: A systematic review. J Med Internet Res 2013;15(11):e247. PMID: 24240579. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2791.


Smartphone adoption has been steadily increasing in recent years, with smartphone ownership in Canada reported as high as 76% in 2016 (1). In recent surveys on the use of mobile phones in mental health, over 65% of respondents indicated interest in using a mobile application to monitor symptoms of mental health conditions (2, 3). Unfortunately, there is a lack of scientific evidence available regarding mental health apps (4). To assess patient’s preference for mobile app based assessment tools versus the Qualtrics interface, we will develop an application for administration of the SIBAT (Suicide Ideation and Behavior Assessment Tool), a newly developed assessment tool of suicidality. This app will then be used to administer the scale to a sample of healthy controls. The SIBAT will also be administered using the Qualtrics software and participants will be given a survey upon completion of the study in which they can comment on their subjective experience of mobile application use and which modality of assessment they prefer.


Government of Alberta (Alberta Centennial Addiction and Mental Health Research Chair and transitional funding to KJA);

American Foundation for Addiction Research; Fullbright-Canada Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Research Chair to PC; Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund; Alberta Innovation to KJA; Advanced Education Small Equipment Grants Program to KJA;  fellowship grant from Janssen Inc., Canada, to ECTK.

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