Exploring the use of information and communication technology by people with mood disorder: a systematic review and metasynthesis

Hamish Fulford, Linda McSwiggan, Thilo Kroll, Stephen MacGillivray (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is a growing body of evidence relating to how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used to support people with physical health conditions. Less is known regarding mental health, and in particular, mood disorder.

OBJECTIVE: To conduct a metasynthesis of all qualitative studies exploring the use of ICTs by people with mood disorder.

METHODS: Searches were run in eight electronic databases using a systematic search strategy. Qualitative and mixed-method studies published in English between 2007 and 2014 were included. Thematic synthesis was used to interpret and synthesis the results of the included studies.

RESULTS: Thirty-four studies were included in the synthesis. The methodological design of the studies was qualitative or mixed-methods. A global assessment of study quality identified 22 studies as strong and 12 weak with most having a typology of findings either at topical or thematic survey levels of data transformation. A typology of ICT use by people with mood disorder was created as a result of synthesis.

CONCLUSIONS: The systematic review and metasynthesis clearly identified a gap in the research literature as no studies were identified, which specifically researched how people with mood disorder use mobile ICT. Further qualitative research is recommended to understand the meaning this type of technology holds for people. Such research might provide valuable information on how people use mobile technology in their lives in general and also, more specifically, how they are being used to help with their mood disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere30
Number of pages15
JournalJMIR Mental Health
Volume3
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • information and communication technology
  • ICTs
  • mood disorder
  • metasynthesis
  • self-management

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    Author: Fulford, H., 2017

    Supervisor: MacGillivray, S. (Supervisor), McSwiggan, L. (Supervisor) & Kroll, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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