Integrating eHealth within a transforming mental healthcare setting: A qualitative study into values, challenges, and prerequisites

Karin Artz*, Joyce Bierbooms, Inge Bongers

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Mental health care is shifting towards more person-centered and community-based health care. Although integrating eHealth within a transforming healthcare setting may help accomplishing the shift, research studying this is lacking. This study aims to improve our understanding of the value of eHealth within a transforming mental healthcare setting and to define the challenges and prerequisites for implementing eHealth in particular within this transforming context. In this article, we present the results of 29 interviews with clients, social network members, and professionals of an ambulatory team in transition within a Dutch mental health care institute. The main finding is that eHealth can support a transforming practice shifting towards more recovery-oriented, person-centered, and community-based service in which shared-decision making is self-evident. The main challenge revealed is how to deal with clients’ voices, when professionals see the value of eHealth but clients do not want to start using eHealth. The shift towards client-centered and network-oriented care models and towards blended care models are both high-impact changes in themselves. Acknowledging the complexity of combining these high-impact changes might be the first step towards creating blended client-centered and network-oriented care. Future research should examine whether and how these substantial shifts could be mutually supportive.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10287
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • client-centered healthcare
  • eHealth
  • mental health care
  • network-oriented healthcare
  • online treatment
  • open dialogue
  • transformation


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