Journal article

Uptake of mental health websites in primary care: Insights from an Australian longitudinal cohort study of depression

Jane Gunn, Jacqui Cameron, Konstancja Densley, Sandra Davidson, Susie Fletcher, Victoria Palmer, Patty Chondros, Christopher Dowrick, Jane Pirkis

PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of primary care attendees with depressive symptoms who use mental health websites. METHODS: 789 individuals with depressive symptoms recruited and followed up annually for nine years. Self-reported written surveys included mental health, professional and self-help use, e-mental health interventions or therapeutic websites. Marginal logistic regression examined association between mental health website (MHW) use and patient's mental health, health services use, anti-depressant use and self-help strategies. RESULTS: 36% of participants used an MHW at least once. MHW users were more likely to be female, younger, highly educated and employed. MHW use in..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement (CREMSI)


Funding Acknowledgements

The diamond study was initiated with pilot funding from the Beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence and the main cohort study received project grant funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (ID 299869, 454463, 566511, and 1002908) and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement (CREMSI) (ID 1041131).