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Internet use by older adults with bipolar disorder: international survey results

Bauer, Rita, Glenn, Tasha, Strejilevich, Sergio, Conell, Jorn, Alda, Martin, Ardau, Raffaella, Baune, Bernhard T, Berk, Michael, Bersudsky, Yuly, Bilderbeck, Amy, Bocchetta, Alberto, Castro, Angela MP, Cheung, Eric YW, Chillotti, Caterina, Choppin, Sabine, Cuomo, Alessandro, Del Zompo, Maria, Dias, Rodrigo, Dodd, Seetal, Duffy, Anne, Etain, Bruno, Fagiolini, Andrea, Fernández Hernandez, Miryam, Garnham, Julie, Geddes, John, Gildebro, Jonas, Gitlin, Michael J, Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana, Goodwin, Guy M, Grof, Paul, Harima, Hirohiko, Hassel, Stefane, Henry, Chantal, Hidalgo-Mazzei, Diego, Lund, Anne Hvenegaard, Kapur, Vaisny, Kunigiri, Girish, Lafer, Beny, Larsen, Erik R, Lewitzka, Ute, Licht, Rasmus W, Misiak, Blazej, Piotrowski, Patryk, Miranda-Scippa, Ângela, Monteith, Scott, Munoz, Rodrigo, Nakanotani, Takako, Nielsen, Rene E, O'Donovan, Claire, Okamura, Yusushi, Osher, Yamima, Reif, Andreas, Ritter, Philipp, Rybakowski, Janusz K, Sagduyu, Kemal, Sawchuk, Brett, Schwartz, Elon, Slaney, Claire, Sulaiman, Ahmad H, Suominen, Kirsi, Suwalska, Aleksandra, Tam, Peter, Tatebayashi, Yoshitaka, Tondo, Leonardo, Veeh, Julia, Vieta, Eduard, Vinberg, Maj, Viswanath, Biju, Zetin, Mark, Whybrow, Peter C and Bauer, Michael 2018, Internet use by older adults with bipolar disorder: international survey results, International journal of bipolar disorders, vol. 6, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1186/s40345-018-0127-7.

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Title Internet use by older adults with bipolar disorder: international survey results
Author(s) Bauer, Rita
Glenn, Tasha
Strejilevich, Sergio
Conell, Jorn
Alda, Martin
Ardau, Raffaella
Baune, Bernhard T
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Bersudsky, Yuly
Bilderbeck, Amy
Bocchetta, Alberto
Castro, Angela MP
Cheung, Eric YW
Chillotti, Caterina
Choppin, Sabine
Cuomo, Alessandro
Del Zompo, Maria
Dias, Rodrigo
Dodd, SeetalORCID iD for Dodd, Seetal
Duffy, Anne
Etain, Bruno
Fagiolini, Andrea
Fernández Hernandez, Miryam
Garnham, Julie
Geddes, John
Gildebro, Jonas
Gitlin, Michael J
Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana
Goodwin, Guy M
Grof, Paul
Harima, Hirohiko
Hassel, Stefane
Henry, Chantal
Hidalgo-Mazzei, Diego
Lund, Anne Hvenegaard
Kapur, Vaisny
Kunigiri, Girish
Lafer, Beny
Larsen, Erik R
Lewitzka, Ute
Licht, Rasmus W
Misiak, Blazej
Piotrowski, Patryk
Miranda-Scippa, Ângela
Monteith, Scott
Munoz, Rodrigo
Nakanotani, Takako
Nielsen, Rene E
O'Donovan, Claire
Okamura, Yusushi
Osher, Yamima
Reif, Andreas
Ritter, Philipp
Rybakowski, Janusz K
Sagduyu, Kemal
Sawchuk, Brett
Schwartz, Elon
Slaney, Claire
Sulaiman, Ahmad H
Suominen, Kirsi
Suwalska, Aleksandra
Tam, Peter
Tatebayashi, Yoshitaka
Tondo, Leonardo
Veeh, Julia
Vieta, Eduard
Vinberg, Maj
Viswanath, Biju
Zetin, Mark
Whybrow, Peter C
Bauer, Michael
Journal name International journal of bipolar disorders
Volume number 6
Article ID 20
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher SpringerOpen
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2018-09-04
ISSN 2194-7511
Keyword(s) internet
bipolar disorder
digital technologies
older adults
information seeking
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
Summary BACKGROUND: The world population is aging and the number of older adults with bipolar disorder is increasing. Digital technologies are viewed as a framework to improve care of older adults with bipolar disorder. This analysis quantifies Internet use by older adults with bipolar disorder as part of a larger survey project about information seeking.

METHODS: A paper-based survey about information seeking by patients with bipolar disorder was developed and translated into 12 languages. The survey was anonymous and completed between March 2014 and January 2016 by 1222 patients in 17 countries. All patients were diagnosed by a psychiatrist. General estimating equations were used to account for correlated data.

RESULTS: Overall, 47% of older adults (age 60 years or older) used the Internet versus 87% of younger adults (less than 60 years). More education and having symptoms that interfered with regular activities increased the odds of using the Internet, while being age 60 years or older decreased the odds. Data from 187 older adults and 1021 younger adults were included in the analysis excluding missing values.

CONCLUSIONS: Older adults with bipolar disorder use the Internet much less frequently than younger adults. Many older adults do not use the Internet, and technology tools are suitable for some but not all older adults. As more health services are only available online, and more digital tools are developed, there is concern about growing health disparities based on age. Mental health experts should participate in determining the appropriate role for digital tools for older adults with bipolar disorder.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s40345-018-0127-7
Field of Research 110999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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