Precision Guided Behavioral Care (PGBC) goes live today! It is a tool designed for behavioral clinicians to use with patients that combines traditional outcomes with patient-specific daily monitoring of symptoms and goals.
Here is a one minute video describing how PGBC works.
PGBC is not a digital therapist or an app designed to replace the therapist. It is predicated on the centrality of the therapist/patient relationship.
Here’s how it works. Patients download the CarePaths app from the Google Play Store (it will be available in the Apple store for IOS next week). The app allows them to enter data on their smart phones. In addition to responding at regular intervals (weekly) to a standard outcome measure such as the PHQ-9 or GAD-7 (which will be the default outcomes measures for the initial release), the patient will respond daily to a small set of patient-specific questions. Clinicians select questions from a library (they can also create their own) and review the results before or during the treatment session.
Initially, there will be up to 4 questions answered with a slider bar and a textbox. Patients can respond in a matter of seconds. All measures are “pushed” to the patient’s smartphone at the end of the day and the patient is reminded to take a followup.
The purpose of this tool is to extend the therapeutic process by providing the clinician with a greater understanding of the patient’s circumstances outside the therapy session; and promote better communication and active collaboration on shared goals.
The tool was developed by a team of psychologists and computer scientists associated with CarePaths, Inc.