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Implementing Digital Trainings within Medical Rehabilitations: Improvement of Mental Health and Synergetic Outcomes with Healthcare Service

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Department of Psychology and Methods, Jacobs University Bremen, 28759 Bremen, Germany
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Dr. Becker Klinikgruppe, 50968 Cologne, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 8936; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18178936
Received: 16 July 2021 / Revised: 13 August 2021 / Accepted: 19 August 2021 / Published: 25 August 2021
The need for new technologies in healthcare services has been stressed. However, little is known about the effectiveness of digital interventions integrated in psychosomatic rehabilitation processes. Data from 724 patients from psychosomatic rehabilitation clinics were analyzed with regard to the effectiveness of digital trainings indicated by a change in symptoms related to depression, anxiety, stress, and loneliness from pre– to post–rehabilitation. Rehabilitation satisfaction was examined in association with reaching rehabilitation goals and satisfaction with communication. A mixed repeated measures analyses of covariance, analyses of covariance, and hierarchical stepwise regression analyses were performed. Results indicated a superior effectiveness for the intervention group receiving all offered digital treatments in addition to the regular face-to-face rehabilitation program with regard to symptoms of depression (F (2674) = 3.93, p < 0.05, ηp2 = 0.01), anxiety (F (2678) = 3.68, p < 0.05, ηp2 = 0.01) post-rehabilitation, with large effect sizes for both depression (d = 1.28) and anxiety (d = 1.08). In addition, rehabilitation satisfaction was positively associated with reaching rehabilitation goals and perceived communication with healthcare workers. Digital interventions appeared effective in supporting mental health of psychosomatic rehabilitation patients’ post-rehabilitation. These findings support the inclusion of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary digital and face-to-face treatment programs and call for more implementations of new technologies in a context of complexity to improve health and healthcare service. View Full-Text
Keywords: mental health; psychosomatic rehabilitation; internet-delivered digital trainings; multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary interventions mental health; psychosomatic rehabilitation; internet-delivered digital trainings; multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary interventions
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Keller, F.M.; Dahmen, A.; Derksen, C.; Kötting, L.; Lippke, S. Implementing Digital Trainings within Medical Rehabilitations: Improvement of Mental Health and Synergetic Outcomes with Healthcare Service. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8936. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18178936

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Keller FM, Dahmen A, Derksen C, Kötting L, Lippke S. Implementing Digital Trainings within Medical Rehabilitations: Improvement of Mental Health and Synergetic Outcomes with Healthcare Service. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(17):8936. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18178936

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Keller, Franziska M., Alina Dahmen, Christina Derksen, Lukas Kötting, and Sonia Lippke. 2021. "Implementing Digital Trainings within Medical Rehabilitations: Improvement of Mental Health and Synergetic Outcomes with Healthcare Service" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 17: 8936. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18178936

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