How to improve eHealth interventions in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review


    Introduction: eHealth is gaining more and more ground in health psychology and behavioural medicine to support wellbeing, a healthier lifestyle or adherence to medications. Despite the large number of eHealth projects to date, the actual use of eHealth interventions is lower than expected. Many projects in Health fail to survive beyond the pilot phase and studies that investigate the effectiveness of eHealth applications most often do not show long-term effects. The ongoing concern in academic literature about these shortcomings situates eHealth as an immature research domain not capable to follow the golden standards of high quality research in health psychology and behavioral medicine. On the other side, in lifestyle or mental health interventions positive results with internet-based interventions can be observed and patients favor internet interventions. Therefore, we will discuss how to make eHealth interventions more enjoyable, feasible, and cost-effective. Objectives: In this workshop we demonstrate how eHealth interventions can be improved, using technology as a driver for adherence and behavior change. In our workshop we introduce a new approach to guide the development of eHealth interventions. The approach is based on an integration of theories form behavioural sciences and persuasive technology. The purpose of the workshop is first, to provide new opportunities to develop eHealth interventions that are user centred and that are implementable in practice, second to discuss an agenda for future research in eHealth for health psychology and behavioral medicine-interventions. Learning outcomes are insight in how to use technology to develop eHealth interventions that work, help and are cost effective, and knowledge about how to evaluate the effects of eHealth interventions on adherence and outcomes. Workshop activities: The workshop starts with a demonstration of examples of eHealth interventions to support self-care and safe-care. Interventions we focus on are blended therapy for depression, selfmanagement applications to support patients with chronic diseases, and applications to support medical professionals to increase safety at work. The examples will be discussed alongside the new approach for development and implementation to improve eHealth interventions. Persuasive Technology will be highlighted as a strategy to increase the adherence to eHealth interventions. The effects of persuasive technology on adherence and its’ consequences for design will be discussed with participants. Participants will evaluate the persuasiveness and user friendliness of eHealth interventions using the (toolkit) and a persuasive model for system and content design. Finally, the workshop synthesizes views on innovative research methods to improve the uptake and impact of eHealth interventions. For the workshop we use our book, Improving eHealth(
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorkshop at the13th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine (ICBM2014), August 20-23
    Place of PublicationGroningen
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event13th International Congress of Behavioural Medicine, ICBM 2014: Innovation in Behavioral Medicine - MartiniPlaza, Groningen, Netherlands
    Duration: 20 Aug 201423 Aug 2014
    Conference number: 13


    Conference13th International Congress of Behavioural Medicine, ICBM 2014
    Abbreviated titleICBM
    Other20-08-2014 - 23-08-2014


    • IR-94134
    • METIS-309086


    Dive into the research topics of 'How to improve eHealth interventions in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this