Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. 8th EAI International Conference, MobiHealth 2019, Dublin, Ireland, November 14-15, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

Stop Anxiety: Tackling Anxiety in the Academic Campus Through an mHealth Multidisciplinary User-Centred Approach

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-49289-2_9,
        author={David Ferreira and Daniela Melo and Andreia Santo and Pedro Silva and Sandra Soares and Samuel Silva},
        title={Stop Anxiety: Tackling Anxiety in the Academic Campus Through an mHealth Multidisciplinary User-Centred Approach},
        proceedings={Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. 8th  EAI International Conference, MobiHealth 2019, Dublin, Ireland, November 14-15, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2020},
        month={6},
        keywords={Anxiety mHealth Mental health},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-49289-2_9}
    }
    
  • David Ferreira
    Daniela Melo
    Andreia Santo
    Pedro Silva
    Sandra Soares
    Samuel Silva
    Year: 2020
    Stop Anxiety: Tackling Anxiety in the Academic Campus Through an mHealth Multidisciplinary User-Centred Approach
    MOBIHEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-49289-2_9
David Ferreira1, Daniela Melo1, Andreia Santo1, Pedro Silva1, Sandra Soares, Samuel Silva,*
  • 1: University of Aveiro
*Contact email: sss@ua.pt

Abstract

Anxiety-related disorders have a strong impact on our quality of life. With their epidemiological prevalence, across the population, highly exceeding the capacity for treatment in health facilities, new ways of delivering therapies are needed. The wide availability of mobile technologies, e.g., smartphones, has provided an accessible and ubiquitous platform for delivering psychological therapies and many mobile health (mHealth) systems have been proposed to support users in managing their levels of anxiety. However, many of the available tools provide features without evidence-based support of their adequateness and effectiveness. Furthermore, several tools are designed without specifically considering the users’ needs and motivations, resulting in poor adherence or a lack of motivation for systematic use, hindering any positive effects.