MasterMind stood for: MAnagement of mental health diSorders Through advancEd technology and seRvices – telehealth for the MIND.
The project’s focus was telemedicine within the psychiatry – more specifically telemedicine for treatment of depression. Depression is a disease with high incidence and social costs in Europe, but also an area with proven clinical effectiveness of ICT (information and communication technology) in its treatment.
The aim was to offer a patient-centred treatment course and ensure that the patient has access to high-quality treatment in their immediate environment.
The MasterMind project implemented cognitive behavioural therapy through digital services for almost 5,000 depressive adults in eleven European countries and implemented collaborative care through video conference for patients with depression, who were treated by general practitioners.
Video conferences were used to create networks between the health professionals in order to make it easier for them to support each other and to share knowledge. In addition, video conferences could be used for offering specialist treatment in remote areas. In that way, patients with depression gained access to therapy if they had internet access.
After the end of the project, the telepsychiatric solutions are still in use by most of the partners, and many have decided to upscale their service for more diseases and users. In Denmark, internet psychiatry is still an option for patients with panic disorder, social phobia, other phobias and light to moderate depression. The solution is now national, and it is managed by Telepsychiatric Centre in the Region of Southern Denmark.
The MasterMind consortium consisted of 23 partners in total from numerous European countries. The Region of Southern Denmark was the project coordinator, and the daily project management was anchored in the Centre for Innovative Medical Technology.