Editor’s Choice – Volume 18 No 2
High-income countries such as Britain and America spend an average of 26.71 GBP per capita on mental health care; in contrast, low-income countries manage only 0.12 GBP, and spend most of that on inpatient beds rather than more effective community care. Wealthy nations have one psychiatrist for every 11 640 people; the poorest countries barely have one for every 2 million. Undertreatment of mental health problems is a problem everywhere, but especially in the poorest countries, where as few as one in 10 sufferers receives treatment (The Guardian, August, 2014). Technology has the potential to make significant (and cost-effective) contributions to mental health care – especially in poorer countries. This issue is dedicated to new technologies and their potential use in clinical care, treatment, and even research. Justin and Edward Coffey summarize the story of emerging technologies in neuropsychiatry. Their review describes two emerging technologies — mobile applications and wearable technologies — and uses a virtual case report to illustrate the impact of currently available technologies on the health care experience of a patient with neuropsychiatric illness. Patricia Areàn and colleagues report on the use of mobile technology for mental assessment. In fact, mobile technology (mobile applications on smartphones, activity bracelets, etc) has the potential to overcome problems with traditional psychological assessment and provide information about patient symptoms, behavior, and functioning in real time. Finally, Ulrich Hegerl reports on the usefulness of mobile technology in preventing suicidal behavior. The other papers are also of great interest for psychiatrists to facilitate and improve psychiatric care.
June 2016 - Vol 18 - No. 2
New Approaches to the Assessment of Function in Mental Health
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