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Technology in treatment of patients with Bipolar Disorder : a scoping literature review

Friedsmann, Laura (2020) Technology in treatment of patients with Bipolar Disorder : a scoping literature review.

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Abstract:Introduction: Most technological interventions for bipolar disorder (BD) serve as psychoeducational adjunctive care which involve self-monitoring under support of health caregivers. While recent technologies mostly target symptom reduction little is known about the effect on well-being. To improve technologies for BD incorporating not only symptom reduction but also patients’ well-being, an updated version of a literature review is required to provide insight into current intervention characteristics and effect on patients’ mental health. Methods: A scoping literature review was conducted collecting papers from the databases Scopus and PsycINFO. Keywords m-health, webbased, and bipolar disorder were used. Results: 392 potential entries matched the search criteria. After a thorough manual review, 22 trials pertaining to 19 different interventions, specifically focusing on technological interventions for patients with bipolar disorder, were selected. Common technological features were psychoeducational modules, mood monitoring and a red flag system for early symptom detection. Some trials measured the effect on well-being. However, the results were inconsistent and development of these applications is still in the early stages. Discussion: Considering the diversity of the initiatives, novel technological features are already integrated in existing interventions. Further, some interventions could be identified incorporating well-being not only as an intervention characteristic but also as an outcome measure. While some applications hold potential to provide help, the evidence base is still scarce. Recommended focal points like self-management and detection of early symptoms were exclusively addressed as study objective and intervention feature, respectively.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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