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Pfizer launches app to help patients manage depression

Hopes the Moodivator app will complement treatment and support care teams
Pfizer moodivator app

Pfizer has launched a new mobile app for patients suffering from depression that it hopes will enable them to take a more active role in managing their condition.

The firm wants its new Moodivator app to complement treatment and says it can do so in a simple and efficient way.

The free iPhone app allows patients to set goals, track their moods using a simple scale and share their progress with their care team.

It also includes information about one of Pfizer's prescription treatments for depression, but the company says the app is not intended to take the place of doctors' care or advice.

Susan Kornstein, professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, helped consult on the app's design.

She said: “As awareness of the magnitude and severity of depression continues to mount, technology like the Moodivator app represents a new and exciting frontier for helping people with depression.

“The opportunity for patients to track and export their mood and goal progress in easy-to-read charts is also very useful, because the progress can then be shared with doctors to help inform care decisions.”

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the US and it's estimated that one in 15 adults experiences at least one major depressive episode in any given year.

14th September 2016

From: Research

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