By some estimates, depression is the reason for approximately 8 million appointments with physicians every year and more than half of those are with primary care physicians. The primary care setting is often the gateway to more specialized treatment for severe mental health disorders but for more than 50% of patients with mental illness, primary care providers are the sole contact.
The slides above summarize the features of 5 mental health evaluation and support apps that can be used for assessment as well as augmentation of treatment:
-- A mobile collection of the most widely used clinician-administered depression assessment scales
-- A support tool for patients with PTSD designed by the Veterans Administration
-- A mobile platform that connects patients with a mental health provider
-- A self-help tool for patients trying to cope with anxiety
-- An app that helps coach patients with obesessive compulsive disorder
Robinson WD, Geske JA, Prest LA, Barnacle R. Depression treatment in primary care. J Am Board Fam Med March 1, 2005 vol. 18 no. 2 79-86. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.18.2.79