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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Life Sciences, volume 5, numbers 1 and 2, 2013 // View article lifsci_v5_n12_2013_1


Mental Health Engagement Network (MHEN)

Authors:
Cheryl Forchuk
Betty Edwards
Abraham Rudnick
Elizabeth Osuch
Jeffrey Hoch
Ross Norman
Mike Godin
Evelyn Vingillis
Lorie Donelle
Beth Mitchell
Diane Rasmussen
Jeffrey Reiss
Robbie Campbell
Mike Petrenko
Walter Osoka
Deb Corring
Meaghan McKillop

Keywords: SMART Technology; Mental Health Care; Personal Health Records; Quality of Life; Health Care Costs; Mood Monitor; Mobile Technology; Web-based Technology

Abstract:
This research study introduces, delivers, and evaluates the benefits of using web and mobile technology to provide consistent supportive health care to individuals living within London, Ontario and the surrounding area who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. This longitudinal, mixed method study consists of 400 (245 men and 155 women) individuals who have been diagnosed with either a mood or a psychotic disorder who are currently working with mental health care professionals (54 mental health care providers across 4 agencies). The participants will have access to the Lawson SMART record, a web-based application that provides individuals with a personal health record, and tools to help them manage their health. Participants will access the Lawson SMART record using an iPhone 4S. Based on preliminary findings, client participants are generally comfortable with the use of technology. Most indicated that they were either extremely comfortable (26.3%) or slightly comfortable (20.3%) with technology generally, while only a minority said that they were either slightly uncomfortable (4.0%) or extremely uncomfortable (5.8%). It is hypothesized that the use of smart technologies in the treatment of mood and psychotic disorders will improve quality of life while reducing health care costs through a decrease in hospitalizations and hospital room visits. The Mental Health Engagement Network: Connecting Clients with their Health Team project was presented at IARIA-Smart 2012 Conference by Dr. Cheryl Forchuk in May 2012 [1]. As a result of the presentation, this paper was developed.

Pages: 1 to 10

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2013. Used with permission.

Publication date: June 30, 2013

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2660

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