- Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
- April 2008 - Volume 46 · Issue 4: 42-48
In this article, the role of e-technology is explored, with an emphasis on the advantages and disadvantages of its use for health care and mental health research. E-technology is broadly understood to include the Internet and related information technologies, and in recent years, its use has grown rapidly. The Internet is a major source of health information, and there is potential to deliver enhanced services through this medium. In addition, e-technology’s role in future mental health service delivery and research will continue to expand as increased numbers of consumers, caregivers, health professionals, and the general population go online, particularly as the technology is refined and made even more user friendly.
Dr. Cleary is Clinical Associate Professor of Mental Health, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney, and Clinical Nurse Consultant, Research Unit, Sydney South West Area Mental Health Service; Dr. Walter is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Sydney, and Area Clinical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Northern Sydney Central Coast Health; and Ms. Matheson is Research Officer, Research Unit, Sydney South West Area Mental Health Service, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity. The paper on which this article is based was supported by an Educational Grant from Janssen-Cilag.
Address correspondence to Michelle Cleary, RN, BHlthSc(Nurs.), MHlthSc(Nurs.), PhD, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Research Unit, Sydney South West Area Mental Health Service, PO Box 1, Rozelle, New South Wales, 2039, Australia; e-mail: .firstname.lastname@example.org