Answer: E. All of the above
Patients are now using smartphones to monitor their symptoms both upon discharge from an inpatient psychiatric hospital as well as during a hospital stay. These tools are already being used to:
record and monitor behaviors that may help diagnose illnesses
monitor for changes in social and mobility patterns
track sleep activity
sense clinical symptoms (eg, hallucinations, depression)
There is no evidence that using smartphones in clinical care causes harm or is associated with negative outcomes. Ownership of and interest in smartphones for health care are expected to increase as devices become more affordable. Smartphones represent the best, and perhaps only, tool capable of reaching and addressing the global mental health burden. In short, digital tools offer us new and unique opportunities to understand how a patient's behavior and immediate environments may contribute to his or her clinical status.
For more on this topic, see Leveraging Smartphones in Patient Care, on which this quiz is based.