We partnered with the National Network of Depression Centers to create a clinical program to improve patient care for people suffering from mood disorders. Central to the program is a web-based system we developed that enables the Network’s 22 centers of excellence and three associate members to consistently use four common assessment tools to diagnose depression or bipolar disorder. This is the first program to use a common language when screening for mood disorders. During each visit, patients fill out the four self-assessments; the clinician then reviews the assessment before each visit, and information from any previous self-assessment the patient provided. The system also provides clinicians with the latest scientific evidence in clinical treatment of mood disorders.
Since the program launched in 2015, approximately 8,000 patients across nine leading medical clinics have been enrolled in the system. Patient enrollment is predicted to exceed 10,000 by the end of 2018, and to reach 25,000 or more within the next several years. Data from the system will also be used to facilitate large-scale, longitudinal, multi-site studies, which are needed to identify predictors of risk and resilience that can eventually lead to the development of early intervention and prevention strategies for depression and bipolar disorders.