Texting more suitable treatment aid for mental health patients: New Study


Cell-phone technology is widely popular and is being used by millions of users, research in this field had revealed that this technology could be positively used to help the people suffering from some form of mental illness. Assistant professor Kelly Caine at Clemson University’s school of computing based at South Carolina, conducted some studies on the outpatients
The study was conducted on 325 patients being treated for mental illness in the community based clinic. Caine and her colleagues surveyed these patients to determine the cell phones ownership and the usage pattern of their cell phone.


Texting most popular feature used

The study revealed that simple texting through smartphones can be more effective and suitable treatment aid for the patients with mental illness than the usage of mobile apps. The patients surveyed in this study often shared the phones, this made it difficult to provide private and secure messages. It was observed that almost 80 % of the patients under survey used texting and most of them did not use mobile apps. This shows that texting may be more easily accessible to the majority of patients and hence more suitable treatment aid.

Kelly Caine therefore concludes the outcome of this study as “among the mental health patients, we found that texting was more popular feature used and the downloading of apps was least popular.” Caines also added that by using the readily available technology that is so much familiar to the mass Americans, there is huge potential to improve the treatment results, as currently the patients have limited access to the additional options of treatments.