Abstract: The rapid rise of smartphone technology and increased rates of smartphone ownership among patients with serious mental illness are narrowing the digital divide between those in this population who own and use digital technologies and those who do not. Research surveys suggest that some individuals with schizophrenia own multiple connected devices, and a small subset may spend more than 10 hours per day using their smartphones. Preliminary research has shown the feasibility of using smartphones and apps to help manage psychotic symptoms, monitor medications, predict relapse, and improve quality of life. However, the literature on the use of mobile technologies for schizophrenia remains sparse, and while early studies are encouraging, reproducibility and efficacy remain largely unknown.
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The participant will review the pros and cons associated with the use of smartphone applications in psychiatric treatment.
This program is designed for all psychiatrists in clinical practice, residents in Graduate Medical Education programs, medical students interested in psychiatry, and other physicians who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.
Estimated Time to Complete
Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: August 1, 2017
End Date: July 31, 2019
How to Earn Credit
In order to earn CME credit, subscribers should read through the material presented in the article. After reading the article, complete the quiz and submit your evaluation and study hours (up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™). A score of 60% or higher is required to receive credit.
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
Title: Smartphones for Smarter Care? Self-Management in Schizophrenia
Authors: Luis R. Sandoval, Ph.D., John Torous, M.D., Matcheri S. Keshavan, M.D.
Affiliations: From the Department of Psychiatry and the Digital Psychiatry Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston (L.R.S., J.T., M.S.K.); Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston (L.R.S., M.S.K.); and the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston (L.R.S., J.T., M.S.K.).
Disclosures: The authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.
Discussion of unapproved or investigational use of products*: Yes.
*APA policy requires disclosure by CME authors of unapproved or investigational use of products discussed in CME programs. Off-label use of medications by individual physicians is permitted and common. Decisions about off-label use can be guided by scientific literature and clinical experience.
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Optimal System Configuration:
- Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
- Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
- Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
- Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher
- Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels.
- Windows PC:500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit
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