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If You Don’t Have Enough Software Tools 7 Algorithms to Diagnose and Do A Mental Health Assessment Pfizer Will Give You Fr

Posted Jul 22 2010 11:21am

Hello doctors out there, do you have enough resources yet?  If not here’s one more.  We want to make sure there is no stone unturned here with making sure we have enough tools.  There’s no copyrights here and it is all open access. 

The press release says this is an outstanding example of private industry and and academia working together, I’ll let the doctors be the judge here but I think I’ll poke around a bit as a consumer and see what’s over there because as a consumer I want to know what they are looking at too. 

image I am not discounting this at all, but gee how much do the already over burdened MDs have I ask?  I watched this trailer from a new PBC documentary and this poor doctor barely has time for herself who is just 6 years out of residency.

Is there anybody out there in algorithm country aware of this? 

The one doctor is working in 2 offices and is talking about going to work for Kaiser Permanente and she works part time at Blockbuster to get health insurance herself.  This is a doctor not too long out of residency. 

NEW YORK, July 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of its commitment to improving the quality of patient care, Pfizer (NYSE: PFE ) today announced that it will make available assessment scales used by physicians and others in the healthcare community to support the evaluation and diagnosis of patients suffering from certain mental disorders.  For the first time, these users can directly access and download the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) and the General Anxiety Disorder questionnaire (GAD-7) without copyright restriction and at no charge, providing unprecedented access to these valuable and widely used tools for evaluating certain mental disorders.

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The PHQ and GAD scales are quick, efficient, validated methods to assist physicians in diagnosing and monitoring their patients.  PHQ-9, a widely used questionnaire, is self-administered and utilizes a scoring method to specifically measure depression-related symptoms.  In less than a decade, the PHQ-9 has become commonly used by both clinicians and researchers in large federally sponsored U.S. surveys and has been adopted as a standard measure for depression risk and severity by the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense and several integrated health care systems and public health departments as well as the United Kingdom's National Health Service.

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