The purpose of this paper is to fill in the gaps in the literature regarding health-care access for individuals with schizophrenia, with a focus on Ecuador, and how technology can enable health-care access during the pandemic.Design/methodology/approachTo achieve this aim, the author reviewed peer-reviewed articles in English and Spanish (using, among other sources, Medline and ProQuest), the Ecuadorian Constitution, law projects on mental health and suicide and government reports.FindingsThe consensus seems to be that the Ecuadorian health-care system has failed in its constitutional mandate to provide essential care for mentally ill patients, such as those suffering from schizophrenia. The data supporting the use of the internet and smartphone technology for delivering health services during the pandemic are extremely clear, but substantive governmental responses have been lacking.Research limitations/implicationsThe major limitation of this study is the lack of data on schizophrenia in Ecuador and the use of technology.Originality/valueThis evaluation of the current literature on the effect of the pandemic on access to health care for patients suffering from mental illness is much-needed and should provide a welcome data source for research, practice and policymaking.
Journal of Enabling Technologies – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 28, 2021
Keywords: Ecuador; Social isolation; Schizophrenia; Enabling technology; Health-care access; Smartphone applications