What is it about?

We studied mobile phone use in a population of patients with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. These patients were at a community mental health center and the Department of Veterans Affairs. We found that these individuals are often using smartphones and that we should be using smartphones and related digital health technologies to improve their mental health care.

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Why is it important?

It has not been clear whether people with serious mental illness are making productive use of smartphones, and some have argued that this population is not ready for interventions that include smartphones.

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This page is a summary of: Mobile Phone and Smartphone Use by People With Serious Mental Illness, Psychiatric Services, March 2020, American Psychiatric Association, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900203.
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