Published on in Vol 2, No 4 (2014): Oct-Dec

Qualitative Feedback From a Text Messaging Intervention for Depression: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Cultural Differences

Qualitative Feedback From a Text Messaging Intervention for Depression: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Cultural Differences

Qualitative Feedback From a Text Messaging Intervention for Depression: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Cultural Differences

Authors of this article:

Adrian Aguilera1, 2 Author Orcid Image ;   Clara Berridge3 Author Orcid Image


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Books/Policy Documents

  1. Kaveladze B, Schueller S. Digital Therapeutics for Mental Health and Addiction. View