Military Pathways, a voluntary mental-health and alcohol-screening program offered to all military personnel and their families, has launched Video Doctor, a confidential, Web-based counseling tool that simulates a doctor-to-patient conversation.
Military's Video Doctor screening tool debuts
Using an actor as the "video doctor," the tool guides users through questions meant to gauge their risk for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It also identifies treatment options and provides information on where to seek mental health services.
"The concept behind Video Doctor is based on 20 years of research and has been well-documented in helping to screen people who may be exhibiting high-risk behaviors," Barbara Gerbert, a researcher at the University of California San Francisco and the tool's creator, said in a news release. "In addition, our studies also indicate that this program results in getting more people to follow up by seeing a healthcare provider."
Military Pathways was formed in collaboration between the Defense Department and the Wellesley Hills, Mass.-based not-for-profit organization Screening for Mental Health.
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