Co-production of accessible digital mental health supports in partnership with young people from marginalised backgrounds: A scoping review protocol

Carmen Kealy, Courtney Potts, Maurice Mulvenna, Gary Donohoe, Siobhan O'Neill, Margaret Barry

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Introduction Despite the evidence supporting the value of digital supports for enhancing youth mental health services, there is a lack of guidance on how best to engage with young people in coproduction processes during the design and evaluation of these technologies. User input is crucial in digital mental health, especially for disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised young people as they are often excluded from coproduction. A scoping review of international literature written in English will explore the coproduction processes with marginalised young people in digital mental health supports, from mental health promotion to targeted interventions. The review is guided by the research question: what are the most appropriate coproduction processes for engaging young people, especially marginalised young people, in the different stages of designing and evaluating digital mental health supports? The review aims to map and summarise the evidence, inform the overall research project and address the knowledge gaps. Methods and analysis The scoping review uses Arksey and O'Malley's framework and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis Protocols Extension for Scoping Reviews. From 22-24 October 2023, PubMed, Scopus, EBSCO, ASSIA, Web of Science, Ovid MEDLINE, Cochrane database, Embase, Google Scholar, ProQuest, OAIster and BASE will be systematically searched. Papers from 2021 onwards with a range of study designs and evidence that illustrate engagement with marginalised young people (aged 16-25) in the design, implementation and evaluation of digital technologies for young people's mental health will be considered for inclusion. At least two reviewers will screen full texts and chart data. The results of this review will be summarised quantitatively through numerical counts of included literature and qualitatively through a narrative synthesis. Ethics and dissemination Ethical approval is not required. Results will be disseminated through publications in peer-reviewed journals. Trial registration number This scoping review protocol has been registered with the Open Science Framework (

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere082247
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages6
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number5
Early online date16 May 2024
Publication statusPublished online - 16 May 2024

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  • Digital mental health
  • Co-production
  • Young people
  • eHealth
  • Wellbeing
  • e-health
  • mental health
  • adolescent
  • internet


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