#Mindtech2015 Evidence-based research and fast paced technology development

Here is the text of a talk at #Mindtech2015, which was part of a debate entitled: Trials or Tripadvisor: “This house believes that robust user review is sufficient to evaluate most digital mental health apps”.

I am opposed to this motion. We need evidence-based research to evaluate mental health apps, especially those apps that are concerned with the treatment of mental illness. Robust user review is also vital so that we can produce accessible and usable apps, but randomised studies are the best way to reliably test the efficacy of an intervention.