An Investigation of the Role of Using IS/IT in the Delivery of Treatments for ADHD in University Students

An Investigation of the Role of Using IS/IT in the Delivery of Treatments for ADHD in University Students

Bader Binhadyan (RMIT University, Australia & Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia) and Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Deakin University & Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9446-0.ch005
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Abstract

Over the last decade, the popularity of incorporating advances in information systems and information technology (IS/IT) has been steadily growing. IS/IT can improve the delivery for better intervention and treatment with many different mental illnesses; however, there appears to be great potential for IS/IT in the context of young adults with mental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD affects approximately 11% of the university population; negatively impacting students' academic performance, study skills, and social life. The study design outlined in this paper suggests a possibility for the role of IS/IT in the delivery of treatments and management of ADHD in university students to be examined with the view to introduce IS/IT into the traditional treatment context. This research involves collecting data from psychologists in the form of semi-structured interviews and a grounded theory methodology using multiple cases is adopted.
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In this section, a brief background of the general use of IS/IT in healthcare is provided, followed by a definition of e-health and the general use of technology in mental health services and ADHD in particular. The last part of this section will point out the relevance of ADHD in university students and what current non-pharmaceutical treatments are used to treat and manage ADHD.

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