PlatformQ Health and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) to Present Live Online Education for Patients and Caregivers on Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

"Our goal in creating these parallel programs is to prepare everyone involved and strengthen the therapeutic alliance between clinicians and patients." BOSTON

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"Our goal in creating these parallel programs is to prepare everyone involved and strengthen the therapeutic alliance between clinicians and patients."

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Take Control of Your Depression with Your Health Care Provider, a free one-hour educational program for patients and caregivers with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), will air live on NeuroCareLive.com February 15, 2018 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM EST. Produced in collaboration with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the session will educate and empower patients to take an active role in their MDD care.

Participants will better understand:

  • Communicating with their healthcare team about their depression, while playing an active role in treatment
  • The pros and cons of their treatment options
  • What to expect over the long-term and the importance of sticking with your treatment plan

The program features leading faculty and advocacy representatives including Dr. Richard Kravitz, MD, MSPH, of UC Davis Medical Center, Dr. Michael Thase, MD, of Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Allen Doederlein, Executive Vice President of External Affairs of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

Patients will be able to submit questions to the panel prior to the program on the program’s “QBoard”, and in real time during the live broadcast via NeuroCareLive’s Live Q&A feature, as they follow along with an easy to understand slide show.

“DBSA's dedicated to providing hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders,” shared Doederlein. “This is the kind of tailored education that many people with MDD want and need to increase their knowledge about their condition and its potential treatment with medicine. This presentation in particular's exciting to me because it also explores how we who have MDD may improve our understanding of and ability to participate in shared decision-making. DBSA's thrilled to be part of this important program for people who have MDD and their families, friends, and loved ones. We're also proud to make it widely available online through our partnership with NeuroCareLive.”

In addition to this upcoming program for patients and caregivers, NeuroCareLive’s sister channel, PsychiatryCareLive, is educating clinicians about MDD. These tethered programs are designed to give the right information to each audience at the appropriate level of patient literacy, while focusing on strengthening the therapeutic bonds between clinicians and patients and promoting a team-based approach to MDD management.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with leading organizations like DBSA and AAFP to deliver interactive education programs for clinicians and patients. While patients and doctors may have very different needs and levels of understanding around the same topic, they will ultimately have to work together. Our goal in creating these parallel programs is to prepare everyone involved and strengthen the therapeutic alliance between clinicians and patients,” shared Robert Rosenbloom, PlatformQ Health CEO. “Producing tethered educational initiatives that deliver trusted material at the right health literacy level in an engaging setting help us deliver on our commitment to improve patient outcomes.”

After the live broadcast, the program will be made available on-demand through February 2019 at NeuroCareLive.com.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Lundbeck.

About Platform Q Health
PlatformQ Health is the leading provider of live, online medical education events, operating 16 therapeutically aligned learning channels dedicated to providing clinicians, patients, caregivers, advocates and administrators rigorous, outcomes-centric education aimed at improving patient care. The company’s unique education platform allows physicians and other healthcare professionals to connect online from anywhere, to learn about the latest treatments options, and engage in real-time discussion with scientific, research and patient care experts.

About DBSA
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) strives to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders. The organization fosters an environment of understanding of the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information; supports research; and works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. Assisted by a scientific advisory board comprising leading researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders, DBSA has nearly 650 peer-run support groups across the country. Hundreds of thousands of people are assisted each year with in-person and online peer support; readily understandable and current information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.