Monitoring Your Symptoms, Thoughts, Feelings and Behavior Patterns Can Have A Positive Effect On Your Mental Health
What would it be like to live in a world where your connection with your Doctor lasts beyond the ten minutes you see them every other month?
What if it was possible for your Doctor to constantly monitor your condition, symptoms and progress and make informed decisions about what is best for you?
What if you only had to visit your Doctor when it’s absolutely necessary, instead of routine, monthly appointments?
What if we told you that this is a reality and we can bring it to you?
Remote Patient Monitoring is the fruit of introducing technology in Healthcare. Physicians can keep track of their Patient’s well-being using mobile technology that allows monitoring of various parameters. In mental health, the tool that allows this is Self-Assessment.
Self-Assessment is a standard questionnaire, developed by leading Psychiatrists and Psychologists, backed by extensive research for every disorder. Your Psychiatrist may ask you to take a Self-Assessment for two purposes – to identify the disorders you may be suffering with and to measure the intensity of your disorder.
This means that even in between your appointments – which may be few and far in between – your Doctor will be able to monitor your condition and how well the treatment is working for you.
The best possible outcomes from your treatment
It often happens in mental health that keeping track of your progress is hard for both you as well as your Doctor. Psychiatric evaluations rely on the information you relay to your Doctor. As anyone who has been to a Psychiatrist will know, there are often things you realize you should have mentioned that will dawn upon you hours after your appointment. The Self-Assessment tools will capture this information for your Doctor that could be key to your treatment.
Upon taking a Self-Assessment Test as prescribed by your Doctor, you and your Doctor will have a deeper understanding and a wholesome view of your health and habits. Your Doctor will have information about your mood, behavior, thinking, reasoning and relationships in ways that you may not be able to convey verbally.
With this, your treatment can be moved in the right direction, to give you a quicker relief.
Quicker treatment, lesser relapse
The results from these scales equip your Doctors to take early action against any potential hazards, understand if you may be suffering from other conditions, and tailor your treatment plan based on how it is making you feel. Your Doctor can work on your treatment based on tangible evidence. This ensures your safety, while allowing your Doctor to co-ordinate your care with any other providers who may be involved, monitor your response closely and make any necessary alterations to your treatment in time.
This also means shortened periods of treatment, lower costs and lesser rates of relapse.
All of this is made possible, and the quality of the care you receive is drastically improved by integrating the simple Self-Assessment tools into your post appointment care. Equipping your Doctor and Engaging you with relevant information about your health at the right time can improve your experience significantly, and bring you the most of your treatment at the lowest possible cost.