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.

Survey Details

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.

Survey Results

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).
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