Scientists have invented a smart phone app to help middle and older aged adults to manage mental illness.
The app covers illnesses like stress vulnerability, illness, medication adherence, substance and medication abuse.
According to the study, researchers at Dartmouth College in the US have tested the app’s usability.
10 individuals (mean age of 55.3 years) with serious mental illness and other chronic health conditions reported a high level of usability and satisfaction with the smart phone application.
The researchers say even patients with limited technical activities could also use the app.
Karen Fortuna, a researcher, explained the technologies is more advantageous compared with traditional psychosocial interventions.
“The use of mobile health interventions by adults with serious mental illness is a promising approach that has been shown to be highly feasible and acceptable.
“Smartphone applications also potentially facilitate patient engagement in participatory, personalised, and preventative care.
“As the healthcare industry increasingly embraces prevention and illness self-management, it is important for physicians and patients to be actively involved in designing and developing new technologies supporting these approaches.”
The study was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.