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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 62 (2020) 11, 992 - 997

Review article

Evidence based eHealth applications targeting improvement of lifestyle habits of people with severe mental illness

L.E.M. Koomen, Y. Roke, W. Cahn

background People with severe mental illness (smi) often suffer from long lasting psychiatric symptoms, have a lower quality of life and a worse physical condition compared to the general population. Healthy lifestyle habits improve mental and physical health. EHealth (digital applications in healthcare) could play a role in the improvement of lifestyle habits in this population.
aim To provide an overview of evidence based eHealth applications targeting improvement of lifestyle habits of people with smi.
method We performed a narrative rapid review.
results There are many eHealth applications targeting improvement of lifestyle habits, but few are specifically targeting the psychiatric population and evidence based. Most studies concerned small pilot studies.
conclusion EHealth applications might be used as a support in the guidance and treatment of unhealthy lifestyle habits in people with smi, however more research is needed.

keywords eHealth, healthy lifestyle, severe mental illness