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The use of internet-mediated cross-sectional studies in mental health research

Pitman, A; Osborn, DPJ; King, MB; (2015) The use of internet-mediated cross-sectional studies in mental health research. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment , 21 (3) pp. 175-184. 10.1192/apt.bp.114.012948. Green open access

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Abstract

This article summarises internet-mediated approaches to conducting quantitative and qualitative cross-sectional mental health research, and describes aspects of research design to consider for optimising scientific rigour and validity as well as response. Rapid adoption of internet-mediated approaches risks compromising the quality of the methods used. Not only can it cause distress to participants, but methodological problems may lead to inappropriate inferences being made from research findings. In this article the advantages of using internet communication for research purposes are balanced against the disadvantages, using examples of recent internet-mediated research (IMR) studies to illustrate good practice. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: • Appreciate the range of epidemiological study designs for which IMR methods might be applied • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using internet-mediated approaches to crosssectional studies in mental health research • Gain confidence in designing internet-mediated cross-sectional studies so as to minimise biases and potential distress to participants.

Type: Article
Title: The use of internet-mediated cross-sectional studies in mental health research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1192/apt.bp.114.012948
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/apt.bp.114.012948
Language: English
Additional information: This is an author-produced electronic version of an article accepted for publication in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at http://bjp.rcpsych.org.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474358
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