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Digital mental health interventions with individual support may complement mental health services for adults with intellectual disabilities
  1. Melissa L Desroches
  1. Community Nursing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Melissa L Desroches, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747, USA; MDesroches{at}

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Commentary on: MacHale R, Ffrench C, McGuire B. The experiences and views of adults with intellectual disabilities accessing digital mental health interventions: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2023 May;36(3):448-457. doi: 10.1111/jar.13082. Epub 2023 Feb 13.

Implications for practice and research

  • Digital mental health interventions may be useful to complement in-person mental health services, with sufficient supports for meaningful use.

  • User-centred design research with adults with intellectual disabilities and supporters is needed at all phases of digital mental health intervention development and evaluation.


Providers report that digital interventions are effectively being delivered to adults with intellectual disabilities; there is less research about how digital health interventions are received and experienced by people with intellectual disabilities.1 This study by MacHale et al synthesises the experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities using digital …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.