Internet use by patients with bipolar disorder:results from an international multisite survey


There is considerable international interest in online education of patients with bipolar disorder, yet little understanding of how patients use the Internet and other sources to seek information. 1171 patients with bipolar disorder diagnosis in 17 countries completed a paper-based, anonymous survey. 81% of the patients used the Internet, a percentage similar to the general public. Older age, less education, and challenges in country telecommunications infrastructure and demographics decreased the odds of using the Internet. About 78% of the Internet users looked online for information on bipolar disorder or 63% of the total sample. More years of education in relation to the country mean, and feeling very confident about managing life decreased the odds of seeking information on bipolar disorder online, while having attended support groups increased the odds. Patients who looked online for information on bipolar disorder consulted medical professionals plus a mean of 2.3 other information sources such as books, physician handouts, and others with bipolar disorder. Patients not using the Internet consulted medical professionals plus a mean of 1.6 other information sources. The percentage of patients with bipolar disorder who use the Internet is about the same as the general public. Other information sources remain important.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
College of Health & Life Sciences
Additional Information: © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: bipolar disorder,internet,world wide web,information source,Psychiatry and Mental health,Biological Psychiatry
Publication ISSN: 0165-1781
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 07:12
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 10:30
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Published Date: 2016-06-02
Accepted Date: 2016-05-30
Submitted Date: 2016-01-15
Authors: Bauer, Rita
Conell, Jörn
Glenn, Tasha
Alda, Martin
Ardau, Raffaella
Baune, Bernhard T.
Berk, Michael
Bersudsky, Yuly
Bilderbeck, Amy
Bocchetta, Alberto
Bossini, Letizia
Paredes Castro, Angela M.
Cheung, Eric YW.
Chillotti, Caterina
Choppin, Sabine
del Zompo, Maria
Dias, Rodrigo
Dodd, Seetal
Duffy, Anne
Etain, Bruno
Fagiolini, Andrea
Fernández Hernandez, Miryam
Garnham, Julie
Geddes, John
Gildebro, Jonas
González-Pinto, Ana
Goodwin, Guy M.
Grof, Paul
Harima, Hirohiko
Hassel, Stefanie (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7240-1581)
Henry, Chantal
Hidalgo-Mazzei, Diego
Kapur, Vaisnvy
Kunigiri, Girish
Lafer, Beny
Larsen, Erik R.
Lewitzka, Ute
Licht, Rasmus W.
Lund, Anne Hvenegaard
Misiak, Blazej
Monteith, Scott
Munoz, Rodrigo
Nakanotani, Takako
Nielsen, René E.
O'Donovan, Claire
Okamura, Yasushi
Osher, Yamima
Piotrowski, Patryk
Reif, Andreas
Ritter, Philipp
Rybakowski, Janusz K.
Sagduyu, Kemal
Sawchuk, Brett
Schwartz, Elon
Scippa, Ângela M.
Slaney, Claire
Sulaiman, Ahmad H.
Suominen, Kirsi
Suwalska, Aleksandra
Tam, Peter
Tatebayashi, Yoshitaka
Tondo, Leonardo
Vieta, Eduard
Vinberg, Maj
Viswanath, Biju
Volkert, Julia
Zetin, Mark
Whybrow, Peter C.
Bauer, Michael

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