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Ecological Momentary Assessment and Technological Advances in Clinical Care

Morris, I, Shiffman, S, Beckjord, E and Ferguson, SG ORCID: 0000-0001-7378-3497 2020 , 'Ecological Momentary Assessment and Technological Advances in Clinical Care', in MN Potenza and KA Faust and D Faust (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Digital Technologies and Mental Health , Oxford University Press, United Kingdom.

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Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods provide a means by which researchersmay attain highly detailed, ecologically valid, and contextually rich data on everyday experience and behavior. EMA methods are now widely used by researchers, particularlythose studying health behaviors. A key reason for the popularity of EMA methods is thatthey allow researchers to examine both between- and within-individual differences intreatment efficacy and to explore the temporal sequences related to events of interest.Until relatively recently, EMA methods have predominately been employed as assessmentand research tools. However, in recent years clinicians and researchers have begun to explore the value of real-time data collection methods as the foundation for providing tailored interventions that can respond to a patient’s behaviors, moods, social context, andgeographical location. This chapter discusses how EMA data can potentially be utilized toimprove the delivery of health interventions. The authors conclude that while there areclearly potential benefits of utilizing real-time data collection methods for treatment delivery, considerable work remains to ensure that EMA-based interventions are appropriate, theoretically derived, and ethical in their effects on privacy and confidentiality.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Morris, I and Shiffman, S and Beckjord, E and Ferguson, SG
Keywords: EMA, mental health, ecological momentary assessment, eHealth, mHealth
Publisher: Oxford University Press
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190218058.013.24
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