Introduction: Technology-delivered healthcare interventions may enhance dissemination of evidence-based treatments in low-resource areas. These interventions may be accessed ‘on-demand,’ including after hours. Patients with schizophrenia do engage with technological aids but when/how they would utilize these tools is not known. Methods: We conducted a large, prospective, ten-site, longitudinal study of four technology-assisted interventions for patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders within 60 days of psychiatric hospital discharge, a high risk period. One tool employed was a smartphone intervention called ‘FOCUS,’ which could be used by patients as needed, providing help in five content areas: medications, mood, social, sleep and voices. Each login was date- and time-stamped as occurring during normal clinic hours, or ‘off-hours,’ and the pattern of use described. Results: 347 of 368 patients utilized FOCUS during the 6-month study. There were a total of 75,447 FOCUS logins; 35,739 (47.4%) were self-initiated and 38,139 (50.6%) were off-hours. 18,450 of the logins during off-hours were self-initiated (24.5%). No differences in average usage per month were found based on race/ethnicity. A subset of ‘high utilizers’ (n = 152, 43.8%) self-initiated use of all five FOCUS modules both on- and off-hours. They tended to be women, >35 years old, and had a high school diploma or greater. Conclusion: Most patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders recently discharged from the hospital utilized a smartphone intervention targeted to address troublesome residual symptoms. One quarter of the total smartphone utilization was self-initiated off-hours, indicating the potential utility of this tool to extend support for patients during periods of elevated risk.
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article
- Multicenter Study
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
- Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.