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Participants’ perspectives of weekly telephonic mood monitoring in South Africa : a feasibility study

dc.contributor.authorVan der Watt, A. S. J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorRoos, T.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBeyer, C.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSeedat, S.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-26T05:36:00Z
dc.date.available2018-02-26T05:36:00Z
dc.date.issued2018-02-22
dc.identifier.citationVan Der Watt, A. S. J., et al. 2018. Participants’ perspectives of weekly telephonic mood monitoring in South Africa : a feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4:56, doi:10.1186/s40814-018-0245-0
dc.identifier.issn2055-5784 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1186/s40814-018-0245-0
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103186
dc.descriptionCITATION: Van Der Watt, A. S. J., et al. 2018. Participants’ perspectives of weekly telephonic mood monitoring in South Africa : a feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4:56, doi:10.1186/s40814-018-0245-0.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://pilotfeasibilitystudies.biomedcentral.com
dc.description.abstractBackground: Mood and anxiety disorders have a high lifetime prevalence, and their chronicity adds to the management burden of already scarce and strained mental health care resources, particularly in developing countries. Non-professional-assisted interventions and technology (such as weekly telephonic mood monitoring) could assist in the early identification of symptoms of relapse and hospitalization prevention. The present study aimed to determine participants’ perspectives and the feasibility of weekly telephonic mood monitoring in order to inform the development of the full study. Method: Semi-structured telephonic interviews (n = 37; 89.2% female; mean age = 33.1 years) were conducted as part of the full-scale feasibility study (N = 61; named the Bipolar Disorder Mood Monitoring (BDMM) Study). The BDMM Study was conducted to determine the viability of weekly telephonic mood monitoring, spanning 26 weeks and starting 1 week post-discharge. Frequency and descriptive statistical analyses (using SPSS version 24) were undertaken, and qualitative data were analyzed using thematic content analysis. Results: This article presents the findings from the semi-structured interview section of the BDMM Study. Participants generally expressed positive experiences and perceptions of weekly telephonic mood monitoring, stating that they would advise others to also take part in weekly telephonic mood monitoring. Nonetheless, some participants did make suggestions for improvement of mood monitoring while others expressed negative experiences of weekly telephonic mood monitoring. Conclusion: The results of the semi-structured interviews of the BDMM Study indicated that participants perceived weekly telephonic mood monitoring to be helpful in lightening the burden of mood and anxiety disorders (e.g., having someone to talk to, providing insight into their disorders). Not only did it help them, but they also perceived mood monitoring to be potentially helpful to future participants. However, weekly mood monitoring was also burdensome in itself (including being too time consuming and having to answer questions when feeling down). Importantly, the findings highlighted that participants’ and researchers’ perceptions and experiences may not be congruent (especially in terms of therapeutic misconception). The current findings may inform researchers’ future approach to study design and participant relationships.en
dc.description.urihttps://pilotfeasibilitystudies.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40814-018-0245-0
dc.format.extent11 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZA
dc.publisherBioMed Central
dc.subjectAnxiety disorders -- Information services -- South Africa
dc.subjectMood (Psychology) -- Information services -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectManic-depressive illness -- Information services -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectCommunication in medicine -- Use studies -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleParticipants’ perspectives of weekly telephonic mood monitoring in South Africa : a feasibility studyen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.date.updated2018-02-25T04:17:14Z
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