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Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users.

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  • Author(s): Scherr, Sebastian; Goering, Mark
  • Source:
    Health Communication (HEALTH COMMUN), Jul2020; 35(8): 1004-1012. (9p)
  • Publication Type:
    Article - pictorial, research, tables/charts
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      School for Mass Communication Research, KU Leuven
      Moodpath, Aurora Health GmbH
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      Mobile devices and apps offer promising opportunities for both patients and healthcare professionals, for example, to monitor and assess health status, and also to provide relevant health information. However, health information seeking within a mood-tracking app has not yet been addressed by research. To bridge this gap, the depression-related health information seeking of 6,675 users of a mood-tracking smartphone app was unobtrusively monitored. The study shows that self-monitored depressive symptoms are associated with higher depression-related information seeking within the app. Health information seeking was low in general, with differences across 12 depression-related topics (e.g., depressive thoughts, a depression diagnosis, or depression facts), but the findings are also promising as the smartphone app was shown to be a place where users can inform themselves about health topics related to the main purpose of the app. Smartphone apps would therefore seem to be a vehicle through which to provide additional health information about, for example, comorbidities, or pre- or post-interventions, even going beyond the original purposes of such mobile health (mHealth) monitoring apps.
    • Journal Subset:
      Blind Peer Reviewed; Health Promotion/Education; Peer Reviewed; USA
    • ISSN:
      1041-0236
    • MEDLINE Info:
      NLM UID: 8908762
    • Publication Date:
      20200619
    • Publication Date:
      20200622
    • DOI:
      http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2019.1606135
    • Accession Number:
      143806370
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SCHERR, S.; GOERING, M. Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users. Health Communication, [s. l.], v. 35, n. 8, p. 1004–1012, 2020. DOI 10.1080/10410236.2019.1606135. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=143806370. Acesso em: 21 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Scherr S, Goering M. Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users. Health Communication. 2020;35(8):1004-1012. doi:10.1080/10410236.2019.1606135
    • APA:
      Scherr, S., & Goering, M. (2020). Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users. Health Communication, 35(8), 1004–1012. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2019.1606135
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Scherr, Sebastian, and Mark Goering. 2020. “Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users.” Health Communication 35 (8): 1004–12. doi:10.1080/10410236.2019.1606135.
    • Harvard:
      Scherr, S. and Goering, M. (2020) ‘Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users’, Health Communication, 35(8), pp. 1004–1012. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1606135.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Scherr, S & Goering, M 2020, ‘Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users’, Health Communication, vol. 35, no. 8, pp. 1004–1012, viewed 21 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Scherr, Sebastian, and Mark Goering. “Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users.” Health Communication, vol. 35, no. 8, July 2020, pp. 1004–1012. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/10410236.2019.1606135.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Scherr, Sebastian, and Mark Goering. “Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users.” Health Communication 35, no. 8 (July 2020): 1004–12. doi:10.1080/10410236.2019.1606135.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Scherr S, Goering M. Is a Self-Monitoring App for Depression a Good Place for Additional Mental Health Information? Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mental Help Information Seeking among Smartphone Users. Health Communication [Internet]. 2020 Jul [cited 2020 Sep 21];35(8):1004–12. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=143806370