Waco Family Medicine Doctors Create App To Help Mental Health Treatment Decisions | Local news

While primary care physicians can look for such problems in their patients, keeping abreast of possible treatments, especially pharmaceutical ones, can be difficult.

“A family doctor sees a lot of things come through the door,” said Dr. Zach Sartor, family doctor and guide editor. “The (psychopharmacology) literature is quite extensive and much of it is not written with general practitioners in mind.”

To remedy this, doctors at Waco Family Medicine began work about three years ago on a project, with funding from the Episcopal Health Foundation, that would distil current research and practice guidelines for mental and behavioral health issues. in an easy to use format. Condensing the literature was a tall order, as was developing the program on the computer side of things, Kelley said.

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Doctors liked what they found in a medical app developed for cervical cancer screening and assured its Georgia-based developer, Zimmdot, to produce The Waco Guide app. A major breakthrough came in a collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy, whose faculty members evaluated and approved drug and behavioral decision trees.

Aimed at general practitioners, the guide contains drug recommendations for nearly a dozen special populations, including children and adult patients with heart disease, kidney or liver problems, and obesity. Getting the green light from some of the best psychiatrists in the country that the guidance was accurate proved to be a big blow in the arm for Waco’s developers.

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