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Inform Health Soc Care. 2008 Jun;33(2):113-23. doi: 10.1080/17538150802127207.

Design and development process of patient-centered computer-based support system for patients with schizophrenia spectrum psychosis.

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  • 1Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland. maritta.valimaki@utu.fi

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness requiring self-management skills and information about the illness, its treatment, and where to get help with daily routines. Despite the systematic development of computer-based approaches in mental health, less systematic development of such methods can be found for patients with schizophrenia or psychosis.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim is to describe the design and development process of patient-centered computer-based support system (Mieli.Net portal) for patients with schizophrenia spectrum psychoses.

METHODS:

The process with a mixed methods approach includes four phases: analysis of users' needs, development of key patient information areas, development of a software prototype and to pilot the portal, and user evaluation by health care staff.

RESULTS:

The computer-based patient support system is a promising health-promoting service to schizophrenic patients. It is important, that users of technology are involved in the development process, which will ensure that sites are user-friendly, information can be personalized, and mental patients' voices are heard in the development of patient education.

CONCLUSIONS:

The effectiveness needs to be evaluated carefully in future clinical trials. This will offer valuable information for policymakers, organizations and health care practitioners about the usability of web-based patient education in the area of mental health care.

PMID:
18604755
DOI:
10.1080/17538150802127207
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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