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Inform Health Soc Care. 2013 Mar;38(2):93-103. doi: 10.3109/17538157.2012.710688. Epub 2012 Sep 7.

Integration of computer and Internet-based programmes into psychiatric out-patient care of adolescents with depression.

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  • 1Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku and Primary Health Care Organization of the city of Vantaa, Finland.


The aim of this explorative study was to describe nurses' opportunities to integrate computer and Internet-based programmes in psychiatric out-patient care among adolescents with depression. Therefore, nurses' daily computer use and possible problems related to it were investigated. The data were collected by conducting focus group interviews with Finnish registered nurses (n =12) working at the out-patient clinics of two university central hospitals. The data were analysed using inductive content analysis. The analysis showed that nurses used the computer and Internet in their daily work for data transmission and informal interaction with adolescents. Findings revealed that nurses have good computer skills, a positive attitude towards using the computer and Internet and were motivated to make use of both on a daily basis. Problems faced in daily computer use were a lack of instructions and education, and lack of help and support. We can conclude that nurses have good opportunities to implement computer and Internet-based programmes in adolescent out-patient care. These results are encouraging keeping in mind that adolescents are the most active Internet users in society.

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