Commentary: pediatric eHealth interventions: common challenges during development, implementation, and dissemination

J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Jul;39(6):612-23. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu022. Epub 2014 May 10.


Objective: To provide an overview of common challenges that pediatric eHealth researchers may encounter when planning, developing, testing, and disseminating eHealth interventions along with proposed solutions for addressing these challenges.

Methods: The article draws on the existing eHealth literature and the authors' collective experience in pediatric eHealth research.

Results and conclusions: The challenges associated with eHealth interventions and their proposed solutions are multifaceted and cut across a number of areas from eHealth program development through dissemination. Collaboration with a range of individuals (e.g., multidisciplinary colleagues, commercial entities, primary stakeholders) is the key to eHealth intervention success. To ensure adequate resources for design, development, and planning for sustainability, a number of public and private sources of funding are available. A study design that addresses ethical concerns and security issues is critical to ensure scientific integrity and intervention dissemination. Table I summarizes key issues to consider during eHealth intervention development, testing, and dissemination.

Keywords: design; eHealth; implementation; mHealth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Telemedicine*