Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. Selected Papers from MindCare 2016, Fabulous 2016, and IIoT 2015

Research Article

Computer-Based Programs as Suitable Intervention Tools for Older People with Mental Disorders

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-74935-8_1,
        author={Blanka Klimova},
        title={Computer-Based Programs as Suitable Intervention Tools for Older People with Mental Disorders},
        proceedings={Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. Selected Papers from MindCare 2016, Fabulous 2016, and IIoT 2015},
        proceedings_a={MINDCARE \& IIOT \& FABULOUS},
        year={2018},
        month={3},
        keywords={Depression Computer-based programs The internet Older people Intervention Review},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-74935-8_1}
    }
    
  • Blanka Klimova
    Year: 2018
    Computer-Based Programs as Suitable Intervention Tools for Older People with Mental Disorders
    MINDCARE & IIOT & FABULOUS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74935-8_1
Blanka Klimova1,*
  • 1: University of Hradec Kralove
*Contact email: blanka.klimova@uhk.cz

Abstract

Currently, there is no reliable cure for mental disorder such as depression. However, there are a few strategies which can help in the treatment of their symptoms. These comprise both pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. The purpose of this article is to discuss the role of the Internet and computer-based programs as an appropriate intervention tool for older adults with depression. This is done by conducting a literature search in the databases Web of Science, Scopus, MEDLINE and Springer, and consequently by evaluating the findings of the relevant studies. Based on the findings, computer-based programs targeted at older people with depression may be beneficial in several ways: they are non-invasive treatments, they can be tailored-made to older people’s needs, they are cost-effective and can be made widely available, and they appear to be an effective intervention tool, especially as far as the short-term effects are concerned. Nevertheless, it is important to pay close attention to the methodological standards in future clinical studies, as well as to the efficacy of these computer-based programs aimed at older individuals with depression.