Skip to main content

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

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.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

References

  • Ben-Zeev, D. (2012). Mobile technologies in the study, assessment, and treatment of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38, 384–385.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  • Ben-Zeev, D., Drake, R.E., Corrigan, P.W., Rotondi, A. J., Nilsen, W., & Depp, C. (in press). Using contemporary technologies in assessment and treatment of serious mental illness. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

  • Borzekowski, D. L., Leith, J., Medoff, D. R., Potts, W., Dixon, L. B., Balis, T., et al. (2009). Use of the internet and other media for health information among clinic outpatients with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 60, 1265–1268.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  • Depp, C., Mausbach, B., Granholm, E., Cardenas, V., Ben-Zeev, D., Patterson, T. L., Lebowitz, B. D., & Jeste, D. V. (2010). Mobile interventions for severe mental illness: design and preliminary data from three approaches. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198, 715–721.

    Google Scholar 

  • Heron, K. E., & Smyth, J. M. (2010). Ecological momentary interventions: Incorporating mobile technology into psychosocial and health behavior treatments. British Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 1–39.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  • Institute of Medicine (U.S.). (2006). Committee on Crossing the Quality Chasm: Adaptation to Mental Health and Addictive Disorders: Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions. Washington DC: National Academies.

  • International Telecommunication Union (2011). The world in 2011: ICT facts and figures. Geneva, Statistics retrieved February 20, 2012. http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/facts/2011/index.html.

  • Kessler, R. C., Barker, P. R., Colpe, L. J., Epstein, J. F., Gfroerer, J. C., Hiripi, E., et al. (2003). Screening for serious mental illness in the general population. Archives of General Psychiatry, 60, 184–189.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  • Luxton, D. D., McCann, R. A., Bush, N. E., Mishkind, M. C., & Reger, G. M. (2011). mHealth for mental health: Integrating smartphone technology in behavioral healthcare. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42, 505–512.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Murray, C., & Lopez, A. (1996). Global burden of disease. Geneva (Switzerland): Harvard University Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (2003). Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America. Final Report. Rockville, MD. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2003. DHHS Pub. No. SMA-03-3832.

  • Pew Research Center, Smith, A. (2011). Pew internet and American life project. Retrieved May 2, 2012 from http://pewinternet.org/Commentary/2012/February/Pew-Internet-Mobile.aspx.

  • World Health Organization. (2011). mHealth: New horizons for health through mobile technologies: Second global survey on eHealth. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO.

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Dror Ben-Zeev.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Ben-Zeev, D., Davis, K.E., Kaiser, S. et al. Mobile Technologies Among People with Serious Mental Illness: Opportunities for Future Services. Adm Policy Ment Health 40, 340–343 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-012-0424-x

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-012-0424-x

Keywords

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