IMMERSE (Implementing Mobile MEntal health Recording Strategy for Europe)

The IMMERSE study is composed of 8 work packages and the team at the University of Edinburgh was involved in work packages involving stakeholder engagement, implementation, and evaluation.


IMMERSE is a Horizon 2020-funded study bringing together researchers from four different countries (Belgium, Germany, Scotland, and Slovakia). The aim is to improve person-centred care in public mental-health settings using digital mobile monitoring.  

IMMERSE uses a diary technique that prompts participants to answer questions about their symptoms, mood and behaviour via an app on their mobile phone device.   

We evaluated the user experience component of the intervention with targeted users' groups (namely patients, clinicians, and administrators) to gain insight into the context of use, the barriers and facilitators, the technology available to the users, informing the prototype development and the implementation strategies produced. 

Our team also assessed and supported the implementation of the intervention into clinical practice, evaluating clinical outcomes and costs of the implementation. We worked closely with patients from mental health services in the Lothian region of Scotland, and their clinicians to identify whether the intervention we developed is a useful tool aiding the delivery of mental health care. We also assess how feasible it is to implement the intervention in public health care settings. 

Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement 945263 (IMMERSE).