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Clinicians: We need your help

from MoodNetwork

MoodNetwork | A Project of Massachusetts General Hospital

We've just launched MoodNetwork.org, a patient-powered research and support network for people with depression and bipolar disorder. Based at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MoodNetwork is recruiting patients with mood disorders as active partners in large-scale comparative effectiveness research. Patients will identify areas of research that are important to them and will evaluate the effectiveness of treatments and therapies. Our goal is to bring together 50,000 or more patients, along with clinicians and researchers, and do studies on a large enough scale to allow us to determine which treatments work best for the individual patient.

If we are to reach our goal, we need the help of clinicians like you. We hope that you will share this resource with your patients and encourage them to join. The more participants we have, the more likely we are to find the treatments that will help you help your patients.

MoodNetwork provides useful resources and tools for your patients, as well as a community for sharing experiences and knowledge. Participants can track their mood through online surveys, engage in forums with doctors, researchers and other patients, write blogs, evaluate treatments, suggest topics for research and learn about mental health.

MoodNetwork can also be a useful tool for you as a clinician. You can log in with your patients and track their progress by seeing their online responses to questionnaires. MoodNetwork can also support your work with your patients by encouraging the use of evidence-based medicine, by suggesting that your patients contact you if they do not feel well (for example, when they complete one of the online surveys), by providing safe peer support (all comments, blogs and forums are monitored by the MoodNetwork staff) and by providing adjunct resources to your care.

We welcome your feedback on the website and surveys, as well as your thoughts on research, treatments and therapies. Please contact us at moodnetwork@partners.org. Thank you for supporting MoodNetwork. With your help, we can make a difference. more


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