Mental Health Clinicians Interested in Mobile Health Apps, Study Says
October 10, 2014 in News
Less than half of mental health clinicians use specialized software in their offices, but 73% said they would be interested in using mobile health applications, according to a recent Sigma Research Group survey, MobiHealthNews reports.
The survey, which was sponsored by SelfEcho, included responses from 401 mental health professionals, including licensed:
- Clinical psychologists;
- Clinical social workers;
- Marriage and family therapists; and
- Professional counselors.
According to the survey, 42% of respondents said they use specialized software in the practices.
Of those using specialized software, the poll found that:
- 23% used a program called Therapy Notes;
- 8% used a program called TheraNest Mental Health; and
- 8% used a program called My Client Plus.
Only 8% of respondents reported that they had recommended a mobile health app to their clients. However, the survey found that:
- 73% said mobile apps that collect and combine patient data between office visits would be helpful in monitoring patients’ progress;
- 66% said mobile apps would help them treat clients;
- 59% said mobile apps would help them create patients’ treatment plans; and
- 52% said mobile apps would help them to evaluate and diagnose patients (Comstock, MobiHealthNews, 10/8).