Monsenso user, Mads Trier-Blom, speaks of his experience using the Monsenso app as a part of a clinical trial. The Monsenso app has helped Mads to become more connected with his clinician, Bente so that she could help intervene with Mads’s moods even before it turned into an episode.
The app helped him to become more aware of his mood, and other factors, such as sleep, and their influence on his bipolar affective disorder. To Mads, having bipolar disorder means constantly keep a balance, to prevent losing control to either depressive or manic episodes.
“In my life with bipolar disorder, I see myself as a tightrope walker. This metaphor for living with bipolar disorder is very meaningful. I feel like a tightrope walker because when living with bipolar disorder, you constantly have to prevent losing control to either depressive episodes or manic episodes. You are able to avoid this through earlier registration on how your mood is fluctuating so that the app can help you to keep in control of your life.” says Mads Trier-Blom.
During Mads’s time in his clinical trial, he felt more connected to his clinician, Bente. He recalls an instance where he had missed completing his self-assessments for a couple of days, and Bente had called him to check and see how he was doing. With Bente calling to check in on him, it helped Mads to become more aware of how his mood.
“One day, I was driving in my car and I was a little tense. Suddenly, the phone rang. It was this lady, saying, ‘Hi, my name is Bente and I just wanted to hear about how you are doing. At first, I was like,’Who are you, why are you calling me?’ and then she said, ‘Well, you’re on this trial and I can see that you haven’t made registrations for 3 days. So I thought, ‘Oh yeah, this is true. I am kind of tense at the moment, but yeah I think it’s okay; but still this answering back to the clinician and the clinician is able to call you back which makes you aware and alert.” says Mads Trier-Blom.
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Psychiatrist Kristoffer Södersten from PsykiatriResurs in Sweden shares his experience using the Monsenso mHealth solution.
How does the Monsenso mHealth solution encourage and empower better mental health treatment?
Kristoffer explains how the Monsenso mHealth solution helps him to enhance and inform treatment. Specifically, the solution helps him to gain more relevant information about his patients, such as information that couldn’t have been obtained through the traditional method of verbal sessions. “It’s difficult to retrieve reliable and consistent data from each patient during a verbal consultation with them,” says Kristoffer.
Obtaining the right information is key for psychiatrists and psychologists to provide an accurate diagnosis
“[The accuracy from a diagnosis obtained] from face-to-face consultation depends so much on factors like personal relations, how comfortable the patient is in the conversation, cultural background, etc. Therefore, [due to these factors] it can be very arbitrary about which diagnosis a patient receives. This diagnosis can depend on which clinician he meets, and these other factors.” says Kristoffer. The information gathered from the Monsenso Clinic can help to provide a consistent and clearer view of the patient’s mental health, to better inform a diagnosis.
Kristoffer finds the Monsenso mHealth solution to be particularly helpful in capturing relevant objective data. The solution provides a comprehensive and easily accessible overview of relevant patient data, such as day score, mood score, sleep and medication adherence. Moreover, overview of collected sensor data, such as physical activity, social activity, phone usage and voice features can also be provided. This objective data can help to supplement the subjective data provided during verbal therapy.
“The technology of Monsenso can help us to gather more objective data that – together with the subjective experience – provide a more holistic picture of the patient’s problems, to help provide a more accurate diagnosis and follow-up treatment in a totally different way,” says Kristoffer.
Monsenso mHealth solution is providing a visualization of a historical data, which in some cases can identify why the symptoms appear and help to prevent them.
“You can also use this tool to predict future psychological outcomes, which can help us intervene early and prevent relapse.”
In this video, Monsenso User Peter Hagelund speaks about his experience using our mobile health solution to support his bipolar disorder treatment, and how the solution has helped improve and inform his communication with his psychiatrist.
Prior to using the app, Peter & his psychiatrist followed the typical therapeutic setting, they would meet for an appointment every two-three weeks, and they would have a conversation regarding Peter’s past weeks. Peter would usually say that he had been fine for each appointment, but he would sometimes forget important details regarding his previous weeks that he wanted to discuss.
“It can be pretty tricky to remember, two weeks later [between appointments] how you actually felt that day. With the app it’s really easy to go back and see if your mood has been pretty stable over the last two months, or if you had had some ups and downs over a period,” says Peter Hagelund.
With the app, instead of relying solely on their conversation and Peter’s memory during the appointment, Peter’s psychiatrist can now access his logged data and see how he has been doing, as it is happening. His psychiatrist can view how much he has been sleeping, how much he exercises, how much he drinks, how much anxiety he has, and other relevant aspects to his treatment and his disorder.
“By having the [Monsenso] app, my psychiatrist can actually go into it and see how I’ve been doing, as in, yeah, you say you’ve been doing fine, but I can actually see that you’ve had a bit of ups and a bit of downs, and I think [the app] helps your psychiatrist to get a really honest view of how we, as patients, have been.” says Peter Hagelund.
In 1998, the Quality Chasm series was launched by the Institute of Medicine which included an informative report about delivering high quality healthcare. The report was entitled “Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century”.The strategies proposed in this report were to be used as an organizational model for a patient centered healthcare system, and to provide informative guidelines on how a healthcare delivery system can be redesigned to innovate and improve care.
This informative report uses six primary aims to achieve and implement high quality healthcare systems. Mobile Health solutions, such as our mHealth solution, can meet all of those six aims. See how below:
Monsenso’s mHealth solution will feature additions for the ECoWeB project, which focuses on training and enhancing emotional competency skills for youth populations
Copenhagen, Denmark – 24 April 2018 Monsenso is happy to announce the involvement of our mHealth solution in the Horizon 2020 Funded ECoWeB Project.
The ECoWeB project aims to provide a comprehensive and personalized mobile app that will train young individuals in enhancing their emotional control skills and minimizing their emotional deficits. Monsenso’s mHealth solution is the foundation for the project. The app will work closely with the 3 major components of Emotional Control: Production, Regulation & Knowledge. It is hypothesized that interventions based on such comprehensive assessments will efficiently increase resilience toward adversity, promote mental wellbeing and act as a primary prevention for mental disorders.
“The Monsenso mHealth solution offers a perfect foundation for the ECoWeB project. I am confident that the routine monitoring, and high customizability of the solution can be modified to help young individuals enhance important emotional competency skills.” says Ed Watkins, Professor of Experimental and Applied Clinical Psychology at the College of Life & Environmental Sciences for Exeter University.
This project adopts a new approach to the fundamental understanding of emotion, by combining a highly personalized approach to understanding the individual and leading digital technology. This innovative approach has the potential to deliver a breakthrough in the effective prevention of mental disorders.
The ECoWeB project will integrate the following three multidisciplinary approaches:
The use of the theoretical model of normal emotional functioning (The Emotional Competence Process) to guide the identification and targeting of emotional competence mechanisms implicated in both the mental wellbeing and psychopathology for young people.
The systematic assessment of personal Emotional Competence profiles to select targeted interventions to promote wellbeing
Mobile application delivery intended for scalability, accessibility and adaptability in younger populations.
“This project is exciting because it diversifies the usage of our solution. In addition to providing a supplement for treatment in clinical practice, our solution will now be able to also be used independently to provide personalized prevention.” says Thomas Lethenborg, CEO at Monsenso.
The project is led by The University of Exeter. The consortium consists of the following members:
The project was developed in response to the need for more robust evidence on resilience factors and effective interventions for young populations, in addition to the need for scalable approaches to mental health interventions that are accessible at a population level.