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June 2018

Mobile Health Equally Effective for Patients with Serious Mental Illness

Jun 18
A study published in Psychiatric Services found mobile health interventions to be just as effective as a clinic-based group intervention for people with serious mental illnesses.

Dr. Ben-Zeev, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and colleagues compared traditional clinic-based interventions to mobile-delivered mental health intervention to examine the differences in treatment, satisfaction, symptom improvement, recovery, and quality of life. The study examined patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. Participants were randomized into mobile or traditional treatment intervention for 12 weeks and were a part of a 6 month follow up.

It was observed that patients in the mobile health treatment group were more likely to begin mental health treatment...