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

Bauer, Rita, Conell, Jorn, Glenn, Tasha, Alda, Martin, Ardau, Raffaella, Baune, Bernhard T., Berk, Michael, Bersudsky, Yuly, Bilderbeck, Amy, Bocchetta, Alberto, Bossini, Letizia, Castro, Angela M. Paredes, Cheung, Eric YW., Chillotti, Caterina, Choppin, Sabine, Del Zompo, Maria, Dias, Rodrigo, Dodd, Seetal, Duffy, Anne, Etain, Bruno, Fagiolini, Andrea, Hernandez, Miryam Fernandez, Garnham, Julie, Geddes, John, Gildebro, Jonas, Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana, Goodwin, Guy M., Grof, Paul, Harima, Hirohiko, Hassel, Stefanie, 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, Rene 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. and Bauer, Michael 2016, Internet use by patients with bipolar disorder: results from an international multisite survey, Psychiatry research, vol. 242, pp. 388-394, doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.05.055.

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Title Internet use by patients with bipolar disorder: results from an international multisite survey
Author(s) Bauer, Rita
Conell, Jorn
Glenn, Tasha
Alda, Martin
Ardau, Raffaella
Baune, Bernhard T.
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Bersudsky, Yuly
Bilderbeck, Amy
Bocchetta, Alberto
Bossini, Letizia
Castro, Angela M. Paredes
Cheung, Eric YW.
Chillotti, Caterina
Choppin, Sabine
Del Zompo, Maria
Dias, Rodrigo
Dodd, SeetalORCID iD for Dodd, Seetal
Duffy, Anne
Etain, Bruno
Fagiolini, Andrea
Hernandez, Miryam Fernandez
Garnham, Julie
Geddes, John
Gildebro, Jonas
Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana
Goodwin, Guy M.
Grof, Paul
Harima, Hirohiko
Hassel, Stefanie
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, Rene 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
Journal name Psychiatry research
Volume number 242
Start page 388
End page 394
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-08-30
ISSN 1872-7123
Keyword(s) bipolar disorder
information source
world wide web
Summary 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 a diagnosis of bipolar disorder 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.05.055
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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