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The Mood Assessment Program: a computerised diagnostic tool for deriving management plans for mood disorders

Med J Aust 2008; 188 (12): 126.

Summary

  • The Mood Assessment Program (MAP) is a computerised assessment and diagnostic program developed at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney, to assist with diagnostic subtyping and management of mood disorders.

  • MAP decision rules capture the applied research, informed by clinical expertise, that has been undertaken over the past two decades.

  • Preliminary validation studies suggest the MAP possesses acceptable validity for key diagnostic decisions, including determination of polarity and depressive subtype, and the presence or absence of the principal anxiety disorders.

  • The MAP provides a rich set of information to help the practitioner derive a broad formulation and so shape a management plan in conjunction with broad treatment guidelines.

  • The program will be rolled out over the next 6 months as a formal evaluative tool for wide assessment and application by general practitioners, and subsequently to assist a broader range of health practitioners.

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  • Gordon B Parker1,2
  • Kathryn Fletcher1,2
  • Matthew P Hyett1,2

  • 1 School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Black Dog Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: g.parker@unsw.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

The MAP has been developed by the Black Dog Institute, with the current pilot study being funded by a grant initiated by the Premier of NSW, Morris Iemma, and the NSW Department of Health. The project team comprises Peter Callaway, Jacqui Wallace, Wendy Williamson, the research team (comprising the three authors and Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic), technical development staff from Web Objectives, and the project manager, Barry Graham.

Competing interests:

None identified.

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