Mental disorders are widespread among the world’s population and place a high burden on both the people affected and the economy. In this area of health care and prevention major deficits can be found. Health-enabling technologies are being developed in order to provide support in the therapy and diagnostics of mental disorders. However, it is not clear whether patients are open to these technologies and what they expect from a suitable usage. The main goal of this study is to find out what opinions, hopes and fears mentally ill persons have towards a supporting treatment with health-enabling technologies. Personal interviews were conducted with psychiatric patients for that purpose. The evaluation of the interview data revealed a predominantly positive mindset of the participants. In addition to the general question according to the acceptance, requirements and expectations for the use of health-enabling technologies were acquired. In this context the concern of an invasion of privacy was exposed as a major barrier.
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