Media and internet ownership and use among mental health outpatients with serious mental illness.

Sara Clayton, Dina Borzekowski, Seth Himelhoch, Lisa Dixon, Wendy Potts, Deborah Medoff, Ann Hackman, Doris Balis

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OBJECTIVE: To determine whether people with serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorder (SUD) use the Internet to receive health information. METHODS: One hundred people with SMI were surveyed in community mental health clinics. RESULTS: Participants with SUD were significantly less likely to use the Internet compared to those who without SUD (.34 [.12-.95] p = .04). Internet users with SUD were significantly more likely to report accessing sites topically related to substance abuse (p = .01). CONCLUSION: Few participants with SMI and SUD used the Internet. Attention to educating patients about quality health information on the Internet may be warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-367
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research project was approved by the University of Maryland, Baltimore Institutional Review Board, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Committee on Human Research. One hundred and forty potential participants were approached from February to December 2007. Five were ineligible due to language criteria. Thirty-five refused, and the most common reason for refusal was lack of interest in study participation. A total of 100 participants completed the study protocol. Participants were paid $5 to compensate them for their time.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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