Psychosis treatment improved through internet platforms

A team under Professor Patrick McGorry at the University of Melbourne and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre reviewed evidence on internet-based interventions finding people with psychosis did not differ from others in their internet use, and that mobile technology was bridging socioeconomic gaps.

Flexible interventions which integrate different technologies such as mobile phones and chat rooms boosted patient acceptability and therapy effectiveness.

In one study early warning signs of relapse in patients with schizophrenia were assessed weekly with a 10-item questionnaire delivered via a mobile phone, resulting in a 60% reduction in hospital admissions.

Responses were collected using SMS and, if the total score exceeded a given threshold, the treating psychiatrist notified by email.