Involvement of Indigenous young people in the design and evaluation of digital mental health interventions: A scoping review protocol

Josie Povey, Buaphrao Raphiphatthana, Michelle Torok, Tricia Nagel, Michelle Sweet, Anne Lowell, Patj Patj Janama Robert Mills, Kylie Dingwall

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Background: Indigenous young people worldwide are at greater risk of developing mental health concerns due to
ongoing inequity and disadvantage. Digital mental health (dMH) interventions are identified as a potential approach to
improving access to mental health treatment for Indigenous youth. Although involvement in the development and
evaluation of dMH resources is widely recommended, there is limited evidence to guide engagement of Indigenous
young people in these processes. This scoping review aims to examine the methods used to involve Indigenous
young people in the development or evaluation of dMH interventions.
Methods: Articles published in English, involving Indigenous young people (aged 10–24 years) in the development or
evaluation of dMH interventions, originating from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA will be eligible for
inclusion. PubMed, Scopus and EBSCOhost databases (Academic Search Premiere, Computer and Applied Science
complete, CINAHL, MEDLINE, APA PsychArticles, Psychology and Behavioural Sciences collection, APA PsychInfo) will be
searched to identify eligible articles (from January 1990 onwards). Infomit and Google Scholar (limited to 200 results)
will be searched for grey literature. Two reviewers will independently screen citations, abstracts and full-text articles.
Study methods, methodologies, dMH intervention details, participant information and engagement, and dissemination
methods will be extracted, analysed (utilising content analysis), and qualitatively assessed for alignment with best
practice ethical guidelines for undertaking Indigenous health research. A narrative summary of findings will be
presented. Reporting will follow the Consolidated Criteria for Strengthening Reporting of Health Research involving
Indigenous peoples (CONSIDER) and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
extension for scoping reviews (PRISMA-ScR) guidelines.
Original languageEnglish
Article number133
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalSystematic Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2021


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