JMIR Mental Health
Internet interventions, technologies and digital innovations for mental health and behaviour change
JMIR Mental Health focusses on digital health and Internet interventions, technologies and electronic innovations (software and hardware) for mental health, addictions, online counselling and behaviour change. This includes formative evaluation and system descriptions, theoretical papers, review papers, viewpoint/vision papers, and rigorous evaluations.
JMIR Mental Health publishes even faster and has a broader scope with including papers which are more technical or more formative/developmental than what would be published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
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Exploring the use of information and communication technology by people with mood disorder: A systematic review and meta-synthesis
Date Submitted: May 10, 2016
Open Peer Review Period: May 11, 2016 - Jul 6, 2016
Background: There is a growing body of evidence relating to how information and communication technology can be used to support people with physical health conditions. Less in known regarding mental...
Background: There is a growing body of evidence relating to how information and communication technology can be used to support people with physical health conditions. Less in known regarding mental health, and in particular, mood disorder. Objective: To conduct a meta-synthesis of all qualitative studies exploring the use of information and communication technologies (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 were 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 meta-synthesis clearly identified a gap in the research literature regarding how people with mood disorder use mobile information and communication technology. 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.