Modification of an Internet-based patient education program for adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorder to suit adolescents with psychosis

Anna Laine, Minna Anttila, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki

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Introduction: The overall goal of this study was to produce a user-friendly and high quality Internet-based patient education program for adolescents with psychosis. To achieve this, we ascertained the adolescents and health care professionals needs and expectations of patient education using Internet and the improvement proposals for an existing MentalNet program originally developed for adults with schizophrenia.Methods: The research process was conducted in two phases. First, adolescents and healthcare professionals needs for patient education and Internet were ascertained by interviewing adolescents and in two educational sessions with staff members (Phase I). Second, the preliminary evaluation of the Internet-based patient education program MentalNet was gathered from adolescents by an iterative process (see cyclic, recurring, repeating method), in one educational session with staff members and a questionnaire via email from other health care professionals (Phase II).Results: The needs and expectations of adolescents and health care professionals were related to the content, usability, design and realization of Internet-based patient education. Based on the information obtained the MentalNet program was modified to satisfy adolescents needs.Discussion: The usefulness and effectiveness of the program will require scrutiny in future studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-246
Number of pages17
JournalInformatics for Health and Social Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Internet
  • mental health
  • patient education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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