Integration of computer and Internet-based programmes into psychiatric out-patient care of adolescents with depression

Marjo Kurki, Heli Hätönen, Marita Koivunen, Minna Anttila, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki

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The aim of this explorative study was to describe nurses' opportunities to integrate computer and Internet-based programmes in psychiatric out-patient care among adolescents with depression. Therefore, nurses' daily computer use and possible problems related to it were investigated. The data were collected by conducting focus group interviews with Finnish registered nurses (n = 12) working at the out-patient clinics of two university central hospitals. The data were analysed using inductive content analysis. The analysis showed that nurses used the computer and Internet in their daily work for data transmission and informal interaction with adolescents. Findings revealed that nurses have good computer skills, a positive attitude towards using the computer and Internet and were motivated to make use of both on a daily basis. Problems faced in daily computer use were a lack of instructions and education, and lack of help and support. We can conclude that nurses have good opportunities to implement computer and Internet-based programmes in adolescent out-patient care. These results are encouraging keeping in mind that adolescents are the most active Internet users in society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-103
Number of pages11
JournalInformatics for Health and Social Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Focus group
  • Internet
  • Nurse
  • Psychiatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)
  • Health Information Management


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