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Internet Use Among Veterans With Severe Mental Illness
Jack Tsai, Ph.D.; Anne Klee, Ph.D.; Robert A. Rosenheck, M.D.; Laurie Harkness, Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300432
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The authors are with the Department of Psychiatry, Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut, and with the Department of Psychiatry, Yale Medical School, New Haven, Connecticut.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association


To the Editor: Despite advances in Internet technologies, the extent to which adults with severe mental illness have access to and use these technologies remains unclear. The Internet has become an important portal for various activities and is becoming an integral part of health care. For example, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented an online health care record system for patients to access and interact with their health care providers. A national study found that veterans who use VA mental health services are not less likely to use the Internet than other VA service users or veterans who are users of non-VA services (1).

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Tsai  J;  Rosenheck  RA:  Use of the internet and an online personal health record system by US veterans: comparison of Veterans Affairs mental health service users and other veterans nationally.  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 19:1089–1094, 2012
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