Healthcare Informatics & Health Information Technology (SIG Health)

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Complete

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1731

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Research indicates that suicidal behavior, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, can be effectively prevented through technology. The popularity and prevalence of mobile technologies provides many opportunities for suicide prevention through smartphone interventions. For example, smartphone applications facilitate a ubiquitous and cost-effective way to provide help to individuals at risk in real time. This paper provides a review of studies that worked on preventing suicide through smartphone app interventions. Our review included research papers published from 2007 to January 2021 in a number of relevant databases. Our search resulted in 1274 articles, 30 of which qualified for in-depth analysis. Our results and analysis provide a comprehensive list of suicide prevention apps used in research from 2007 to 2021, and show that the design objective for the features of these apps can be categorized as user engagement, safety planning, helplines and support, coping strategies, and self-assessment.

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Suicide Prevention Through Smartphone Applications: A Systematic Review of Literature

Research indicates that suicidal behavior, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, can be effectively prevented through technology. The popularity and prevalence of mobile technologies provides many opportunities for suicide prevention through smartphone interventions. For example, smartphone applications facilitate a ubiquitous and cost-effective way to provide help to individuals at risk in real time. This paper provides a review of studies that worked on preventing suicide through smartphone app interventions. Our review included research papers published from 2007 to January 2021 in a number of relevant databases. Our search resulted in 1274 articles, 30 of which qualified for in-depth analysis. Our results and analysis provide a comprehensive list of suicide prevention apps used in research from 2007 to 2021, and show that the design objective for the features of these apps can be categorized as user engagement, safety planning, helplines and support, coping strategies, and self-assessment.

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