e-Mental health - A guide for GPs

Appendix 1

Last revised: 03 Sep 2018

Glossary

Glossary of terms used
 


A model for the use of e-mental health in the primary care setting that involves recommending particular e-mental health interventions to patients and following up as required. 


A model for the use of e-mental health in the primary care setting that involves providing support to patients to help them engage with and complete e-mental health interventions. 


A short-term, evidence-based, structured form of psychotherapy that helps the individual to identify and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. 


A model for the use of e-mental health in the primary care setting that involves using e-mental health resources as one part of a comprehensive therapeutic intervention. 


The use of the internet and related electronic communication technologies to deliver mental health information, services and care. This term encompasses a range of different applications, including e-mental health interventions. 


A highly structured, interactive online program accessed via a computer, smartphone or tablet that aims to improve users’ mental health by enhancing their knowledge and skills through educational and therapeutic activities. 


An e-mental health intervention that is usually offered to specific individuals after screening and registration in which feedback is provided to the user by a health professional or another person as part of the program. 


A website in which information and resources on a particular topic from a diverse range of sources are collated as a gateway or entry-point to this content. Head to Health is an Australian portal for e-mental health resources and interventions that can be used by consumers and clinicians. 


A mode of therapy in which the therapist’s practice is informed by a range of different psychological theories and techniques. 


A model for the use of e-mental health in the primary care setting that involves providing information to patients about high-quality e-mental health resources. 


Education for patients and/or their families or carers about aspects of mental health and management of particular conditions, such as symptoms and causes of mental illness and treatment concepts. 


An e-mental health intervention that is available to the general public through an open-access website in which automated feedback might be offered to the user.  


A model of healthcare delivery in which patients are first offered the simplest, least intrusive treatment (eg an e-mental health intervention). Patients who do not make clinically significant treatment gains after a certain period of time are offered an alternative form of treatment (eg face-to-face therapy or pharmacotherapy). 


A model for the use of e-mental health in the primary care setting that involves using e-mental health resources to enhance or extend a discrete program of face-to-face therapy.

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