Use of a smartphone application to screen for bipolar spectrum disorder in a community sample

Health Informatics J. 2016 Sep;22(3):779-88. doi: 10.1177/1460458215589601. Epub 2015 Jul 17.


This study describes the use of a smartphone application based on the Korean version of the Mood Disorder Questionnaire in screening for bipolar spectrum disorders in a large general population. All data were collected between May 2011 and July 2011. A total of 27,159 individuals participated in the survey, using a smartphone application. The prevalence of positive screening results for bipolar spectrum disorders among 27,159 participants using the smartphone Korean Mood Disorder Questionnaire application was 8.2 percent. These results are similar to traditional paper-based results. The Korean Mood Disorder Questionnaire positive group exhibited more frequent occurrences of previous psychiatric treatment than the group with negative results. In a logistic regression analysis involving subjects with past psychiatric history, age group significantly predicted Korean Mood Disorder Questionnaire results. The smartphone application may be a useful screening tool for bipolar spectrum disorders. This study included only individuals who actively participated, and thus, the possibility of a selection bias should be considered.

Keywords: Korean Mood Disorder Questionnaire; bipolar spectrum disorder; mobile health; screening; smartphone.

MeSH terms

  • Bipolar Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Independent Living
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Mobile Applications*
  • Republic of Korea
  • Smartphone
  • Surveys and Questionnaires