The research team conducted a realist review of the use of remote measurement technologies in young people for depression to determine what does and doesn’t work, for whom, in which contexts, how and why, and make important recommendations for future research and practice in the digital revolution. Members of the McPin Young People’s Network were involved before project start, making significant contributions to the development of a successful proposal for the commission, including the definition of depression, sources of literature, and the type and scope of review, as well as the lived experience involvement strategy itself.
Following training on realist review processes, the co-researchers contributed their own intervention theories for inclusion into the initial framework, helped to develop the iterative search strategy, conducted literature screening and data extraction, and led the Q&A session with the wider YPN and subsequent team meeting to discuss YPN feedback, final evidence synthesis and development of recommendations.
We conducted a realist review in collaboration with two lived experience co-researchers and with input from the wider McPin Foundation Young People’s Advisory Group. Iterative searches across ten electronic databases and six sources of grey literature produced a total of 6,114 records, 100 of which were included in the evidence synthesis.