Reimagining Mental Healthcare Treatment with Behavioral Psychology...

Reimagining Mental Healthcare Treatment with Behavioral Psychology and Design Thinking

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The new era of mental health technology offers great opportunities for tackling potential problems of providing better care.

FREMONT, CA: Technology has opened a new frontier in mental health care management. Technology is giving the public, doctors, and researchers new avenues to access help, monitor progress, and increase understanding of mental wellbeing. While technology innovations offer many opportunities to improve patient care, there are still some human elements concerning social interaction and support that industry stakeholders cannot tackle completely. Applying behavioral psychology and design thinking can help tackle these hurdles to a large extend. Here is how.

Top 10 Population Health Management Solution Companies - 2019Design thinking, an advanced way to explore solutions in the business world, provides a creative way to tackle problems with a human-centered approach. The phases of design thinking, including empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test, can be used in mental health treatment and potentially enhance patient care since the approach is human-centered. This special initiative and behavioral psychology seek to dream into the future of mental healthcare treatment. Design thinking needs a focused approach, user-centered design, and methods to harness a creative mindset, including brainstorming and rapid prototyping.  By implementing design thinking throughout, clinicians may truly understand the mental health demands of patients and the myriad providers and craft solutions needed to meet those needs.

The more engaged patients are to their care, the more likely they are to stick to healthy behaviors and medical regimens, ultimately resulting in more effective mental illness and population health management. Activating patients and sustaining health behaviors is difficult to do. Patient engagement can help to initiate positive behavior change.

Advances in psychological, medical, and physiological research have resulted in a new way of thinking about mental health and illness. This is reflected in the model that views mental health and illness as the product of a combination of factors like biological characteristics, including genetic predisposition, behavioral factors,  and social conditions. Because behavior plays a crucial role in mental and physical health, behavioral health is becoming the cornerstone of the psychosocial practice.

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