MAP (Mood Assessment Program)
The MAP (Mood Assessment Program) is a computerised assessment and diagnostic tool for depression and bipolar disorders.
The MAP is a computerised assessment and diagnostic tool that incorporates nearly a quarter of a century of sophisticated clinical expertise in assessment, diagnosis and management planning for people with both depression and bipolar disorder.
Specifically, the MAP aims to:
- identify depressive sub-types
- improve detection of bipolar disorder
- identify vulnerable personality styles
- identify lifestyle and environmental factors contributing to the depressive illness
- provide a rational basis for development of a formulation and treatment plan
An introduction to the MAP
Referred patients access the MAP using a unique access code provided by their GP, psychologist or psychiatrist who is a registered MAP referrer.
Patients spend approximately one hour entering information into the MAP, responding to questions about their personal and family history, depressive symptoms, current and past treatments and personality.
The submitted data are analysed by the Black Dog Institute using diagnostic algorithms, resulting in the production of a comprehensive report. The report is promptly sent to the referring clinician.
The Black Dog Institute model of depression stresses the importance of identifying differing depressive sub-types. The model also seeks to assist the managing clinician with possible causal and contributory factors such as personality style, levels of stress and other psychosocial factors.
The MAP report data are indicative, not definitive, and should be interpreted in the context of clinical assessment. Key issues should be clarified by the treating clinician.
After extensive piloting at MAP centres across NSW the MAP is now accessible to patients referred by practitioners across Australia via a secure dedicated website. Patients log on using a special access code which identifies their referring practitioner, and complete the MAP. Reports are then sent directly and promptly to their referring practitioner.
Clinicians must register with the Black Dog Institute prior to referring a patient for a MAP assessment. General practitioners, psychologists and psychiatrists in Australia are eligible for registration.
Become a registered MAP referrer.
Once registered, an information pack will be sent to each clinician, including a patient referral sheet with that clinician’s unique access code.
To be appropriate for referral, patients must:
- be 18 years or over
- have suffered an episode of depression, diagnosed or otherwise
- be managed by a registered MAP referrer
- be able to speak and write in English or have someone who can help them
- be able to concentrate for an hour
- have very basic computer skills
- have access to the internet.