Background: The easy accessibility, increasing usage, and low cost of internet make it a desirable way of providing health information and delivering interventions for health consumers. Studies in other countries have verified and confirmed the effectiveness of internet-based interventions among people with mental health problems. Similar programs have yet to commence in China.
Purpose: This study investigated the willingness for, and attitude toward internet-based intervention in Chinese mental health service users and explored the feasibility of such an intervention.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey utilizing a self-developed questionnaire was administered to 186 mental health service users in Beijing, between April and May 2011.
Results: Most participants held a positive attitude toward online information and expressed interest in getting assistance from the internet. Some advice and suggestions were provided such as more ways of getting assistance, setting up more professional websites, increasing interaction, as well as having government funding and guidance.
Conclusion: Internet-based programs are feasible and applicable, and worth implementing with Chinese people with mental illness.