Online mood tool a time-saver for GPs

An audit of reports generated by the Mood Assessment Program (MAP), introduced by the Black Dog Institute in 2007, shows 85% of patients who completed the online questionnaire have significantly depressed mood.

The tool includes questions about life stressors, previous treatments and personality.

Rozelle GP Dr Sarah Weaver, who has used the MAP since it was introduced in 2007, said patients liked it because it gave them a chance to think about things that were relevant to their diagnosis that they might not have considered important.

“When patients first come in, it’s often a jumbled-up story,