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A call for responsible innovation in mobile mental health: findings from a content analysis and ethical review of the depression app marketplace

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A call for responsible innovation in mobile mental health : findings from a content analysis and ethical review of the depression app marketplace. / Bowie-DaBreo, Dionne; Sas, Corina; Sunram-Lea, Sandra-Ilona; Iles-Smith, Heather.

2020. Paper presented at 25th annual international CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Milan, Italy.

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Bowie-DaBreo, D, Sas, C, Sunram-Lea, S-I & Iles-Smith, H 2020, 'A call for responsible innovation in mobile mental health: findings from a content analysis and ethical review of the depression app marketplace', Paper presented at 25th annual international CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Milan, Italy, 5/06/20.

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Bowie-DaBreo, D., Sas, C., Sunram-Lea, S-I., & Iles-Smith, H. (2020). A call for responsible innovation in mobile mental health: findings from a content analysis and ethical review of the depression app marketplace. Paper presented at 25th annual international CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Milan, Italy.

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Bowie-DaBreo D, Sas C, Sunram-Lea S-I, Iles-Smith H. A call for responsible innovation in mobile mental health: findings from a content analysis and ethical review of the depression app marketplace. 2020. Paper presented at 25th annual international CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Milan, Italy.

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Bowie-DaBreo, Dionne ; Sas, Corina ; Sunram-Lea, Sandra-Ilona ; Iles-Smith, Heather. / A call for responsible innovation in mobile mental health : findings from a content analysis and ethical review of the depression app marketplace. Paper presented at 25th annual international CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Milan, Italy.

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