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EVENTIssue 009

Focus on Behavioral Health Assessment and Research

Larry Gourdine of the M3 Clinician project addresses a workshop on the new tool to assess behavioral health conditions.
Larry Gourdine of the M3 Clinician project addresses a workshop on the new tool to assess behavioral health conditions.

The Graduate School is spearheading several events to promote global mental health awareness, including new assessment tools and research developments. The events include a symposium on April 17, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until noon, during Howard University’s Research Week (April 13-17), a symposium during Recovery Month in September, and a TEDx forum in April 2016. The events will highlight a new tool for diagnosing mental health disorders, the M3 Clinician, and will feature community health providers and professionals, Howard University faculty experts, and student researchers as panelists.

The M3 Clinician is a new assessment tool that empowers primary care physicians with a risk screen that detects behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and alcohol and substance abuse. Consisting of 27 questions, the evidence-based web and mobile screening assessment can be easily completed in three to five minutes during annual checkups and scheduled office visits. With the assessment tool, physicians can more effectively elicit and organize the mood and anxiety symptoms that may be interfering with their patients’ lives.

Once the assessment is completed, the M3 Clinician algorithmically computes and assigns a numeric value, the M3 score, which can be viewed in real time and used to provide clinical support. The results place the patient on the clinical map enabling physicians to make a more accurate diagnosis, while providing insight on what may be the best medical pathway to an improved outcome.

Several departments at Howard University are currently using the tool, including:

• Howard University Faculty Practice Plan
• Department of Community Health and Family Medicine
• Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
• Mental Health Clinic
• The Diabetes Treatment Center at Howard University

The M3 Clinician also facilitates longitudinal monitoring, communication and care coordination in the patient-centered medical home and research environment. Howard’s Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will be launching a pilot study in assessing mood and anxiety disorders in Pre and Post Delivery Mothers. Also, several clinical and behavioral research studies have incorporated the M3 Clinician tool.

For more information, please contact Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D, 202-202-806-7277/6800 or gbethea@howard.edu.

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