Background: Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in older adults. Unfortunately, it often goes unrecognized in the older population.
Objective: The aim of this study was to identify how Web-based apps can recognize and help treat depression in older adults.
Methods: Focus groups were conducted with mental health care experts. A Web-based survey of 56 older adults suffering from depression was conducted. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 2 individuals.
Results: Results of the focus groups highlighted that there is a need for a collaborative care platform for depression in old age. Findings from the Web-based study showed that younger participants (aged 50 to 64 years) used electronic media more often than older participants (aged 65 years and older). The interviews pointed in a comparable direction.
Conclusions: Overall, an e-mental (electronic mental) health treatment for depression in older adults would be well accepted. Web-based care platforms should be developed, evaluated, and in case of evidence for their effectiveness, integrated into the everyday clinic.
Full version: https://aging.jmir.org/2018/2/e10973/
Eichenberg, C., Schott, M., Sawyer, A., Aumayr, G. & Plößnig, M. (2018). Feasibility and Conceptualization of an e-Mental Health Treatment for Depression in Older Adults: Mixed-Methods Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research Aging, 1(2), e10973. DOI: 10.2196/10973.