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Mobile device use among inpatients on a psychiatric unit: A preliminary study.

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Asuzu, K; Rosenthal, MZ
Published in: Psychiatry Res
March 2021

Few studies have investigated barriers to mobile phone use for health purposes among patients with serious mental illness. In an inpatient psychiatric adult sample, we examined: (a) patterns and perceptions of mobile phone use and (b) the role of psychiatric diagnoses on mobile phone use for mental health purposes. Participants completed questionnaires after using a psychometrically validated scale to determine capacity for consent. Descriptive analyses revealed that most participants owned a smartphone (94%), data plan (94%), and frequently accessed the internet (75%). Only 27% used their mobile phones daily for health purposes and 47% had used their mobile phone to access their electronic medical record (EMR). Participants with psychotic disorders were significantly less likely to have mobile access to their EMR and expressed difficulty in using a mobile app for mental health purposes; whereas participants with depressive disorders expressed low interest in using their mobile devices to monitor their mental health. Adult psychiatric inpatients may have access to and be willing to use mobile phones for purposes related to mental health. However, key barriers may include frequency of mobile phone use for health purposes and lack of mobile access to the EMR, particularly among those with psychotic disorders.

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Psychiatry Res

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EISSN

1872-7123

Publication Date

March 2021

Volume

297

Start / End Page

113720

Location

Ireland

Related Subject Headings

  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychiatric Department, Hospital
  • Mobile Applications
  • Middle Aged
  • Mentally Ill Persons
  • Mental Health
  • Male
  • Internet Use
  • Inpatients
 

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Asuzu, K., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (2021). Mobile device use among inpatients on a psychiatric unit: A preliminary study. Psychiatry Res, 297, 113720. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2021.113720
Asuzu, Kammarauche, and M Zachary Rosenthal. “Mobile device use among inpatients on a psychiatric unit: A preliminary study.Psychiatry Res 297 (March 2021): 113720. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2021.113720.
Asuzu K, Rosenthal MZ. Mobile device use among inpatients on a psychiatric unit: A preliminary study. Psychiatry Res. 2021 Mar;297:113720.
Asuzu, Kammarauche, and M. Zachary Rosenthal. “Mobile device use among inpatients on a psychiatric unit: A preliminary study.Psychiatry Res, vol. 297, Mar. 2021, p. 113720. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2021.113720.
Asuzu K, Rosenthal MZ. Mobile device use among inpatients on a psychiatric unit: A preliminary study. Psychiatry Res. 2021 Mar;297:113720.
Journal cover image

Published In

Psychiatry Res

DOI

EISSN

1872-7123

Publication Date

March 2021

Volume

297

Start / End Page

113720

Location

Ireland

Related Subject Headings

  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychiatric Department, Hospital
  • Mobile Applications
  • Middle Aged
  • Mentally Ill Persons
  • Mental Health
  • Male
  • Internet Use
  • Inpatients