Lancet Study: MindSpot's First Seven Years - MindSpot Clinic

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Lancet Digital Health Publication: An Observational Study From MindSpot’s First Seven Years

Tuesday, October 20 2020
MindSpot continues to share knowledge and research, recently publishing an internationally co-authored paper on the Clinic’s user demographics and outcomes from the first seven years of operation.
2020 marks MindSpot's eighth year delivering online and telephone mental health services to Australian adults. During this time, MindSpot has delivered digital mental health services to over 140,000 Australians from a broad cross-section of the population, with proven effectiveness.

The volume of users accessing MindSpot makes the clinic one of the world's largest publicly funded digital mental health services; an achievement that Executive Director, Professor Nick Titov says “reflects the commitment of many people, including thousands of consumers who have shared their advice and guidance.”

This research paper, titled 'User Characteristics and outcomes from a national digital mental health service: an observational study of registrants of the Australian MindSpot Clinic’ delves into the demographics and outcomes of MindSpot users over the first seven years of clinic operations.

It confirms the high uptake of MindSpot services by a broad range of people from across Australia, including traditionally hard to reach groups such as rural consumers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As noted by Professor Titov:
“The results demonstrate that services such as MindSpot have an important role to play in reducing barriers to care. Digital mental health services aren’t a panacea, but they are important components of contemporary mental health systems.”
MindSpot would like to acknowledge and thank the co-authors for their support and contribution, as well as our users, as we strive to further improve the quality of our digital mental health services.

Published on 19 October 2020, you can read the paper on the Lancet Digital Health.