E-health applications in the field of traumatic stress. Editorial

Anne Bakker*, Heleen Riper, Miranda Olff

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E-health offers great potential in the field of traumatic stress to deliver training, assessment, prevention, and treatment of adverse outcomes after trauma worldwide. In order to encourage research on E-health applications in the field of traumatic stress, this current special issue of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology presents a series of papers divided into three emergent topics: I) development of digital interventions, II) the use of digital interventions to foster self-management and deliver therapy, and III) digital methods to improve prediction, assessment, and monitoring of post-trauma outcomes. These studies show acceptance of the tools by various end-user groups and improvements of current research and clinical practices, but also areas for improvement regarding the development process and making even better use of technological capabilities of E-Health. We propose three general themes to accelerate the quality of e-Health interventions and studies in this area in the coming years: optimizing user engagement and adherence, conducting more (innovative) research, and increasing implementation and dissemination activities. This issue appears in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is exactly at times like these that we need effective online interventions and we see an enormous increase in the use of e-Health. We hope this issue will contribute to help those affected and to serve the community worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1762317
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotraumatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020

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