GPS' attitudes towards digital technologies for depression: An online survey in primary care

Josefien J.F. Breedvelt, Victoria Zamperoni, David Kessler, Heleen Riper, Annet M. Kleiboer, Iris Elliott, Kathryn M. Abel, Simon Gilbody, Claudi L.H. Bockting

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Abstract

Background Digital or electronic mental health (e-mental health) interventions can be useful approaches in reducing the burden of depression, with tools available for use in prevention, treatment, or relapse prevention. They may have specific benefit for primary care, as depression is often managed in this setting. However, little is known about attitudes and barriers among GPS towards e-mental health interventions for depression. Aim This study aimed to assess attitudes, knowledge, use, and barriers for depressionfocused e-mental health among GPS across the UK. Design and setting An online survey of self-selecting GPS in the UK conducted over a 10-day period in December 2017. Method The survey consisted of 13 multiple choice questions posted on the Doctors.net.UK (DNUK) website. Results In all, 1044 responses were included; 72% of GPS reported using at least one type of e-mental health intervention for depression. Overall, GPS reported that e-mental health interventions are most effective when delivered in a guided way, rather than in an unguided manner. In addition, 92% of GPS reported that neither they nor their colleagues received e-mental health training. Conclusion A moderate number of GPS use e-mental health for depression in their services, and report it is likely that its use will increase. There is a gap in training and awareness of effective interventions. GPS consider guided e-mental health interventions to be most effective, in contrast to the unguided way it is mostly offered in primary care.

LanguageEnglish
Pagese164-e170
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Volume69
Issue number680
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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Primary Health Care
Mental Health
Depression
Technology
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Secondary Prevention

Keywords

  • Depression
  • General practice
  • Mental health
  • Primary health care
  • Technological innovations

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Breedvelt, Josefien J.F. ; Zamperoni, Victoria ; Kessler, David ; Riper, Heleen ; Kleiboer, Annet M. ; Elliott, Iris ; Abel, Kathryn M. ; Gilbody, Simon ; Bockting, Claudi L.H. / GPS' attitudes towards digital technologies for depression : An online survey in primary care. In: British Journal of General Practice. 2019 ; Vol. 69, No. 680. pp. e164-e170.
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Breedvelt, JJF, Zamperoni, V, Kessler, D, Riper, H, Kleiboer, AM, Elliott, I, Abel, KM, Gilbody, S & Bockting, CLH 2019, 'GPS' attitudes towards digital technologies for depression: An online survey in primary care', British Journal of General Practice, vol. 69, no. 680, pp. e164-e170. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp18X700721

GPS' attitudes towards digital technologies for depression : An online survey in primary care. / Breedvelt, Josefien J.F.; Zamperoni, Victoria; Kessler, David; Riper, Heleen; Kleiboer, Annet M.; Elliott, Iris; Abel, Kathryn M.; Gilbody, Simon; Bockting, Claudi L.H.

In: British Journal of General Practice, Vol. 69, No. 680, 03.2019, p. e164-e170.

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