Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

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March 29, 2013


Online Treatment for Mood and Anxiety Disorders Study

Bruce Rollman, MD, MPH, Bea Herbeck Belnap, DrBiolHum, and team members of the Online Treatment for Mood and Anxiety Disorders Study are pleased to announce that they have expanded study recruitment to 22 UPMC-affiliated primary care practices. Enrollment began on August 1, 2012, and passed the 100 randomized-patient mark in early November, exceeding expectations by 25% toward the goal of enrolling 700 patients by June 2014. Participating Division of General Internal Medicine practices include 9S GIMO, Shea, and Turtle Creek.

Patients who are aged 18-75 years and have at least a moderate level of mood or anxiety symptoms are eligible for the study. Physicians can refer their patients to the study via an EpicCare best practice alert that will launch when depression or anxiety is on the electronic problem list, or they can refer their patients by using the pooled message "P Max" to send a note to the study organizers. For more details, click here.

Patients randomized to the study's intervention receive assistance from a study care manager. They also receive 24/7 access to the Beating the Blues computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program and to an Internet support group that they can access via desktop and smartphone.

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