The use of mobile applications helps older people manage their chronic and serious mental illnesses, according to a study conducted by researchers in Dartmouth (USA) and published in the 'American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry' .
Specifically, the experts developed a smartphone-based intervention using an adaptive systems engineering framework and user-centered design principles.
"The use of mobile health interventions by adults with severe mental illness is a promising approach that has proven to be highly feasible and acceptable," said lead researcher Karen L. Fortuna.
After multiple design iterations, the researchers tested the usefulness of the application in 10 participants of about 55 years with severe mental illness or other chronic diseases, who reported a high level of usability and satisfaction with the application of smartphones.
And, the tool has 10 sessions, which are carried out over a period of approximately three months, dealing with issues such as vulnerability, stress, drug adherence and substance abuse and drugs. In addition, physicians can remotely control the use of the application and intervene when problems are detected, thus facilitating telemedicine for less accessible populations.
"Smartphone applications also potentially facilitate the commitment of patients to participatory, personalized and preventive care.
As the health industry increasingly adopts disease prevention and self-management, it is important that physicians and patients actively participate in the design and development of new technologies that support these approaches, experts have detailed.
Source: Europa press
Available at: 'American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry'.