Copenhagen, Denmark – 25 January 2016. Monsenso ApS, a Copenhagen-based technology company, has been granted 1.575 million DKK to continue the research and development of the existing data-driven, cloud-based, mHealth solution for anxiety and borderline treatment.
The ENTER project (previously called E-Mental project), which has been granted an overall budget of 19 million DKK, is being done in collaboration with The Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark (MHS), the South Denmark University, Aalborg University, Context Consulting and Monsenso. Monsenso will be involved in two studies for the E-mental project:
The Anxiety Monitoring Study
The objective of the study is to implement and validate the Monsenso mHealth solution for anxiety disorders.
Mobile monitoring solutions can be useful in assisting patients in using skills learned during treatment in real life situations, as well as to monitor and give feedback on progress or lack of progress during therapy. This feedback leads to better outcomes for patients not responding well to treatment.
The mDIARY Study for patients with borderline personality disorder
The objective of the study is to prove that the Monsenso DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) solution is a reliable and clinically valid way to collect patient data, helping individuals learn these skills at home, speeding up their recovery.
The study will include a three-month pilot study where a randomized percentage of the patients will use either paper-based diary cards or the Monsenso mHealth app. Additionally, the study will also include a two-year randomized controlled trial. During this part of the study, half of the patients will be given an mHealth app that includes coaching suggestions while the second half will use paper-based self-assessments. The number of missing data will be compared, and data quality of the app versus established clinical measures will be evaluated. User satisfaction will be assessed with focus group interviews.
Additionally, a cost-effectiveness study will run in parallel to the main research. The objective of this study is to estimate the economic advantages of implementing the proposed e-mental health solution in the healthcare system.
E-mental health solutions have the potential to reduce the cost of treatment and to enable a larger number of people to be treated. The economic aspects should be adequately investigated with regards to cost-effectiveness as well as financial aspects of implementation in clinical practice. The study aims to determine the cost-effectiveness of Internet interventions compared to the most cost-effective treatment currently available.
With regards to the support obtained from the Innovation Fund, Thomas Lethenborg, CEO at Monsenso commented, “The mHealth solution developed by Monsenso has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of psychiatric illnesses. The support received from the Innovation Fund will provide us with the necessary evidence to validate our solution clinically and financially for the treatment of mental illnesses.”
To learn more click on this link:
- mDiary Study: Designing, implementing and evaluating a smartphone-based Dialectical Behavioural Therapy