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Ask patients about their internet use

Cherrie A Galletly
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (5): 312.
Published online: 6 September 2010

To the Editor: The recent MJA supplement provides an excellent summary of internet interventions for a range of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression and substance misuse.1 However, in highlighting the positive uses of the internet, it is important to remember other aspects of online engagement that can have a negative impact on patients’ mental health. It is useful to ask patients specifically about their internet activities, as they will not necessarily volunteer this information.

  • Cherrie A Galletly

  • University of Adelaide and Ramsay Health Care (SA) Mental Health Services, Adelaide, SA.


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