iLab module

For some time now, researchers and practitioners at the University Centre of
Psychiatry (UCP) of the University Medical Center Groningen have been wishing to
set up an innovative transdiagnostic assessment module to complement regular
diagnostics for all new patients. The purpose of this module is twofold. On the one
hand, we want to evaluate the data that is already being collected (e.g., basic
anamnesis list via RoQua, relevant clinical characteristics such as previous
treatments) and offer them in a clear and accessible way for practitioners, enabling
them to be used systematically in the intake process. On the other hand, the module
allows us to provide space for the characterization of a number of biological,
psychological and social characteristics of patients relevant to research and the
development of new personalized treatments. In a series of tests, and through the
clever use of wearables/smartphones, biopsychosocial characteristics and relevant
fluctuations in daily life can be mapped in an unobtrusive and easy way. The results
of these two tracks to follow will together form the iLab-module. The data this
provides can then be related to regular diagnoses and treatment outcomes as
measured by Routine Outcome Monitoring.

In this way, the module is an interplay between different academic functions: optimal
treatment and working with systematically collected outcome measurements go
hand in hand with the development of new ideas about psychopathology that in turn
can be an entry point for better, innovative treatments. The training aspect also plays
a role; the measurements will be provided by trainees who are supervised and
managed by research staff. The patient perspective also plays an important role;
patients/experience experts participate in every stage of the development of this
project and in formulating important treatment outcomes for the patient. In
addition, it is conceivable that the module can be used in other institutions within
our regional network in the future via the RoQua infrastructure, strengthening
cooperation and innovation in the region.

The module will be integrated into the existing research and clinical infrastructure. By
using relatively simple but information-rich measurements within a solid scientific
framework, we aim to offer patient-friendly sustainable innovation with the iLabmodule.

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