Health technology intervention after hospitalization for schizophrenia: Service utilization and user satisfaction

Amit Baumel, Christoph U. Correll, Marta Hauser, Mary Brunette, Armando Rotondi, Dror Ben-Zeev, Jennifer D. Gottlieb, Kim T. Mueser, Eric D. Achtyes, Nina R. Schooler, Delbert G. Robinson, Susan Gingerich, Patricia Marcy, Piper Meyer-Kalos, John M. Kane

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Objective: The authors examined patients' acceptance of the Health Technology Program (HTP), an integrative approach to relapse prevention after hospitalization of adults with schizophrenia or related disorders. The program combines use of digital tools with support from a mental health technology coach (MHTC). Methods: Patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders received six months of treatment that began within 60 days of a psychiatric hospitalization and included the development of a personalized relapse prevention plan, three digital tools, and contacts with MHTCs. Results: Atotal of 200 patients (mean6SDage=34.6610.6 years) had 28.262.0 contacts with the MHTC that lasted 38.3614.2 minutes. The most discussed topic was casemanagement (52%), and digital tools were discussed in 45% of meetings. Altogether, 87% of patients used at least one of the digital tools, with 96% of patients rating the HTP as satisfying to at least some extent. Conclusions: These data suggest very high acceptance of the HTP, a program that integrates available human support with digital tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1035-1038
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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Funding Information:
The project described was made possible by grant 1C1CMS331052-01-00 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of this report are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies.


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