mHealth helps patients stick with the program

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Online programs providing cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to people with mild depression and anxiety are proven to work, but the new myCompass site launched by the federal Minister for Mental Health this week has a big point of difference – it’s mobile.


Developed by researchers at the Black Dog Institute and the University of NSW and funded by the federal government, myCompass is a web-based program offering a range of modules to help people with moderate stress, anxiety and depression to identify triggers for their conditions and clinically validated methods to overcome them.


However, two of the main problems with online programs – or face-to-face therapy for that matter – is motivating people to stick with the program and recording moods and triggers in real time.


The myCompass program aims to overcome those barriers by using that most ubiquitous of devices, the mobile phone. According to one of the program’s developers, the Black Dog Institute’s Judy Proudfoot, myCompass is one of the few in the world that is using mobile phones to provide real-time monitoring for people undertaking web-based CBT.


“Mobile interventions are just starting to take off internationally, so we were at the forefront,” Associate Professor Proudfoot said. “I think our program is one of the few in the world, if not the first in the world, that is for adults with depression, anxiety or stress. myCompass is a self-help program and can also be used by GPs with their patients. It has the dual functionality.”



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