M3 Screen - WhatsMyM3
The M3 Screen is a brief symptom checklist for potential mood and anxiety disorder symptoms. It is designed to assess your risk of depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders (including PTSD). The checklist only takes about 3 minutes to complete, after which you receive a personalised confidential report outlining how much burden these symptoms might be causing you. These results can then be easily printed, emailed or saved in a Microsoft HealthVault account. You can also record your progress with the M3 Monitor, a tracking form for assessing progress and potential side-effects over time. Users are encouraged to share their results with their doctor. A mobile version of the M3 screen is available for iPhone/iPod Touch users and Android users.
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- M3 Information.
- Website. Also available as a mobile app
- Intervention Type:
- Educational (primarily educational material or psychoeducation).
- Course Length:
- Short (less than 1 module or equivalent).
- Support Option:
- Automated only.
- Primary Categories:
- Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Generalised anxiety disorder. Also for PTSD
- Target Audience:
- English and Spanish.
- Free. Online tool is free but mobile app can only be downloaded for a fee
- Open: No registration required.
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- Outcome Summary:
The feasibility and validity of the M3 Screen has been assessed in an open trial, which found that it demonstrates utility as a valid, efficient, and feasible tool for screening multiple common mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD). As a screen for any psychiatric disorder, sensitivity was 0.83 and specificity was 0.76. The depression module had a sensitivity of 0.84 and a specificity of 0.80; the bipolar module had a sensitivity of 0.88, and a specificity of 0.70; the anxiety module had a sensitivity of 0.82 and a specificity of 0.78; and the PTSD module had a sensitivity of 0.88 and a specificity of 0.76. The psychometric properties of the M3 Screen compare favourably with those of currently used single-disorder screening tools. Participants and clinicians both found the screening tool easy to use, quick, and clinically helpful.
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Research paper citations
- Gaynes, B. N., DeVeaugh-Geiss, J., Weir, S., Gu, H., MacPherson, C., Schulberg, H. C., Culpepper, L., Rubinow, D. R. (2010). Feasibility and diagnostic validity of the M-3 checklist: a brief, self-rated screen for depressive, bipolar, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders in primary care. Annals of Family Medicine, 8(2), 160-169.
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Last Updated: October 22nd 2012