SOFIA Mental Health Technology Study

A qualitative study concerning the design of personal health technology and the practice of mental healthcare in primary care.

This is a qualitative design study whose purpose is to understand how personal health technologies might be designed to best support the practice of mental healthcare through primary care. We seek to achieve these aims by conducting semi-structured interviews with GPs and patients with diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depressive disorder. We will engage in reflection on the design and feasibility of paper, mobile and online technologies as a means to support patient-reported data sharing, facilitate effective and considerate primary care consultations, and bring about improvements in health for people with mental illness..

What does participation involve?

Participation in this study will consist of a 1-hour interview involving reflection on the practice of mental healthcare through primary care, and the evaluation of a mobile technology prototype. Participation will also entail completion of a questionnaire containing a small number of questions regarding demographic characteristics, such as age and gender.

Who can participate?

Participants must be either GPs or patients with previous or current diagnoses of depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia over the age of 18. If you meet these criteria, and are interested in participating in this project, please contact Dr. Kevin Doherty at

Providing informed consent

Participation is voluntary. As a participant, you are free to withdraw your consent at any time, without the need to provide a reason, by contacting Dr. Kevin Doherty at Doing so will have no adverse effect on your legal rights and will not affect the lawfulness of the data processing based on consent before its withdrawal. For more information about this study, including practices of consent and data processing, you can view the relevant Participant Information Leaflet under the ‘Documentation’ heading on the right-hand side of this page.

Who will have access to your information?

This project is part of a research collaboration with researchers from outside of the Technical University of Denmark, and your personal data will therefore also be shared, with utmost care, with the SOFIA Project Team at the Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen.
All data gathered during this study will be stored securely in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations and other requirements. Participants’ anonymity will be maintained in all publications. 
The Technical University of Denmark, CVR no. 30060946, is the data controller responsible for processing personal data in this research project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.


Kevin Christopher Doherty
DTU Health Tech
20 JUNE 2021