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The efficacy of mHealth for stress and burnout in clinical settings and supervisions

Julie Prescott (The Department of Psychology, University of Law, Manchester, UK)
Amy Rathbone (The Department of Psychology, University of Law, Manchester, UK) (The Department of Computing, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 9 June 2022

Issue publication date: 26 September 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Stress and burnout are continuous concerns in clinical settings. This has been exacerbated due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted health-care professionals globally. Supervision can support staff in clinical setting and help prevent stress and burnout. The purpose of this review is to consider the efficacy of mobile apps for reducing stress and burnout in clinical settings and supervisions.

Design/methodology/approach

A comprehensive literature search was carried out using online databases such as Scopus, PubMed, CINAHL, PsychINFO, PsychARTICLES, MEDLINE and SAGE. From the searches, nine studies were included in the review after meeting the inclusion criteria.

Findings

Of the nine studies, eight related to stress and/or burnout and one related to work engagement. There were no specific studies which related directly to the use of mobile health (mHealth) for clinical supervision.

Research limitations/implications

Through a focus on the efficacy of mHealth for stress and burnout in clinical settings and supervisions, the review highlights the efficacy of mHealth apps used in for stress and burnout in clinical settings and the importance of engagement of clinical staff. This will not only provide a higher quality of empirical evidence, but it will also lead to more positive outcomes for the mental health of clinical staff.

Originality/value

This review focussed upon the efficacy of mHealth for stress and burnout in clinical settings and supervisions. In comparison to previous reviews, this review differs because it combines both stress and burnout and clinical supervisions as the focal areas for improvement via the use of mHealth.

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Citation

Prescott, J. and Rathbone, A. (2022), "The efficacy of mHealth for stress and burnout in clinical settings and supervisions", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 347-362. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-04-2022-0025

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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