Mobile Technologies Among People with Serious Mental Illness: Opportunities for Future Services

  • Dror Ben-Zeev
  • Kristin E. Davis
  • Susan Kaiser
  • Izabela Krzsos
  • Robert E. Drake
Original Article

Abstract

Several national bodies have proposed using mobile technology to improve mental health services. But rates of current use and interest in using technology to enhance services among individuals with serious mental illness are uncertain. The authors surveyed 1,592 individuals with serious mental illness regarding their use of mobile devices and interest in using mobile technologies to enhance mental health services. Seventy-two percent of survey respondents reported currently owning a mobile device, a rate approximately 12 % lower than the general adult population. The most common uses were for talking, followed by texting, and internet activities. Both mobile device users and nonusers expressed interest in future mobile services.

Keywords

Serious mental illness Mobile health (mhealth) Health technologies Psychiatric rehabilitation 

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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dror Ben-Zeev
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kristin E. Davis
    • 2
  • Susan Kaiser
    • 2
  • Izabela Krzsos
    • 2
  • Robert E. Drake
    • 1
  1. 1.Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center/Geisel School of Medicine at DartmouthHanoverUSA
  2. 2.Thresholds-Dartmouth Research CenterChicagoUSA

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