Can a Smartphone App Be Used To Effectively Treat Mental Health Conditions?

Can a Smartphone App Be Used To Effectively Treat Mental Health ConditionsHealth-related smartphone apps continue to grow in popularity, prompting the Journal of Medical Internet Research’s mHealth and uHealth to conduct a small study to gauge the effectiveness of mobile mental health apps.

The study was conducted via survey with 100 psychiatric outpatients from Boston based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The study found that 97% of patients owned a cell phone, and 72% owned smartphones.

67% of all participating patients said they were receptive to using mobile mental health apps.

While this survey was far from comprehensive, it is encouraging. Physicians believe that mobile mental health apps have the ability to increase accessibility. For patients who may otherwise be too embarrassed to seek the mental health care they require, apps afford the ability to do so anonymously.

While the receptiveness is there, and a few similar studies have found the same, the current mobile mental health apps on the market have yet to be tested for general effectiveness. However, these findings may prompt additional research to test available apps, and develop new ones.

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