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Women’s use of online resources and acceptance of e-mental health tools during the perinatal period

Fonseca, Ana; Gorayeb, Ricardo; Canavarro, Maria Cristina

International journal of medical informatics -- Elsevier -- Volume: 94 C; (pages 228-236) -- 2016

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  • Title:
    Women’s use of online resources and acceptance of e-mental health tools during the perinatal period
  • Author: Fonseca, Ana;
    Gorayeb, Ricardo;
    Canavarro, Maria Cristina
  • Found In: International journal of medical informatics. Volume 94:Number C(2016); 201610; 228-236
  • Journal Title: International journal of medical informatics
  • Subjects: Medical informatics; Information science; Computers; Medical technology; Medical Informatics; Technology, Medical; Computers; Information science; Medical informatics; Medical technology; LCSH: Medical informatics; LCSH: Information science; LCSH: Computers; LCSH: Medical technology; Dewey: 610.285
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Elsevier
  • Abstract: HighlightsPerinatal women already use the internet to search for mental health issues.Women with depressive symptoms are more likely to use e-mental health tools.Informative websites are more acceptable to women than other e-mental health tools.AbstractObjectivesThe women’s professional help-seeking rate for perinatal depression is low, despite the prevalent and disabling nature of this condition. Therefore, new approaches should be implemented to increase women’s access and utilization of treatment resources, namely e-mental health tools. This study aimed to characterize women’s current pattern of use of online resources for mental heal issues and women’s acceptance of e-mental health tools during the perinatal period, and to investigate its main determinants.MethodsThis study used an online cross-sectional survey that was completed by 546 women during the perinatal period.Results31.3% had prior knowledge of websites targeting mental health illness. Women presenting an actual need for help (i.e., a positive screen for depression) reported greater use of online resources and greater engagement in e-health behaviors related to mental health (d=0.46–0.61), and being more accepting of e-mental health tools, particularly of informative websites. Women’s perceptions concerning the e-mental tools were found to predict their intentions to use them.ConclusionsThe results seem to globally support Portuguese women’s acceptance of e-mental health tools. To improve the level of acceptance, women should be involved as stakeholders in the development of new e-mental health tools and provided with specific information before their utilization.
  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1386-5056
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
    4542.345250
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100043408422.0x000001

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