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

Bauer, Rita and Glenn, Tasha and Strejilevich, Sergio and Conell, Jörn and Alda, Martin and Ardau, Raffaella and Baune, Bernhard T. and Berk, Michael and Bersudsky, Yuly and Bilderbeck, Amy and Bocchetta, Alberto and Castro, Angela M. Paredes and Cheung, Eric Y. W. and Chillotti, Caterina and Choppin, Sabine and Cuomo, Alessandro and Del Zompo, Maria and Dias, Rodrigo and Dodd, Seetal and Duffy, Anne and Etain, Bruno and Fagiolini, Andrea and Fernández Hernandez, Miryam and Garnham, Julie and Geddes, John and Gildebro, Jonas and Gitlin, Michael J. and Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana and Goodwin, Guy M. and Grof, Paul and Harima, Hirohiko and Hassel, Stefanie and Henry, Chantal and Hidalgo-Mazzei, Diego and Lund, Anne Hvenegaard and Kapur, Vaisnvy and Kunigiri, Girish and Lafer, Beny and Larsen, Erik R. and Lewitzka, Ute and Licht, Rasmus W. and Misiak, Blazej and Piotrowski, Patryk and Miranda-Scippa, Ângela and Monteith, Scott and Munoz, Rodrigo and Nakanotani, Takako and Nielsen, René E. and O’Donovan, Claire and Okamura, Yasushi and Osher, Yamima and Reif, Andreas and Ritter, Philipp and Rybakowski, Janusz K. and Sagduyu, Kemal and Sawchuk, Brett and Schwartz, Elon and Slaney, Claire and Sulaiman, Ahmad Hatim and Suominen, Kirsi and Suwalska, Aleksandra and Tam, Peter and Tatebayashi, Yoshitaka and Tondo, Leonardo and Veeh, Julia and Vieta, Eduard and Vinberg, Maj and Viswanath, Biju and Zetin, Mark and Whybrow, Peter C. and Bauer, Michael (2018) Internet use by older adults with bipolar disorder: international survey results. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 6 (1). p. 20. ISSN 2194-7511, DOI

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; age; bipolar disorder; comparative study; educational status; employment status; female; health service; health survey; human; income group; information processing; information seeking; Internet; major clinical study; male; marriage; medical technology; mental disease; middle aged; mood change; paper based survey; priority journal; psychiatrist; quality of life; questionnaire
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2019 03:52
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 03:52

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