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MAnagement of mental health diSorders Through advancEd technology and seRvices – telehealth for the MIND

The MasterMind project aims at implementing and evaluating innovative service models for patients with depression across Europe. Depression is a disease with high incidence and social costs in Europe, but also an area with proven clinical effectiveness of ICT in its treatment which is the basis for the MasterMind project. MasterMind intends:

  1. to implement at scale (almost 5,000 patients in total) evidence-based computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) services for depressed adults across 11 EU and Associated Countries, six of which participate through Authorised National Representatives, and from this implementation:
    • identify the barriers and success factors to implement cCBT on a large scale in different political, social, economic, and technical health care contexts and from the perspective of different stakeholders such as patients, professionals, and health insurances
    • recommend successful strategies for implementing cCBT in these different contexts/settings
  2. to implement video-conference-enabled blended care for patients with depression treated in General Practice which uses video conferences for interaction between the patient, the GP, and specialists in order to educate both the patient and the GP on depression and its treatment, validate the diagnosis, plan the treatment, and monitor course of symptoms during and after treatment.

The aim of the cCBT intervention is to give access to CBT anywhere with an internet connection for patients suffering from depression. The cCBT programme will be available online and the patients can access and complete therapy sessions in the comfort of their own home or from community locations. A psychiatrist or other relevant health professional follows the patient’s progress and is alerted by the programme if the patient is inactive for a certain period of time or shows signs of increasing suicidal tendencies.


The video conferencing service will be used for creating a network between health professionals who can then support each other and share knowledge. Video conferencing can be used for establishing a network from specialist to specialist, specialist to non-specialist, etc. Furthermore, video conferencing can be used for providing specialist treatment in areas where this service is scarce, e.g. rural areas.

The aim is to provide the patients with more holistic and patient centred care while ensuring that they have access to high quality treatment in their immediate environment.


The project will also explore the implementation of language and culture specific cCBT services for EU citizens living in other EU countries. Using the lessons learnt, the Consortium will develop guidelines and a tool kit for promoting and facilitating the broader implementation across Europe of a safe, effective, and efficient service which is supported by relevant stakeholders.


The outcome of the service will be evaluated using a widespread HTA-based rigorous multi-dimensional evaluation methodology, MAST, already in use in other Pilots A.

The Consortium provides a balanced mix between pioneers and early followers and between Northern and Southern, Eastern and Western Europe. The MasterMind Consortium consists of partners from Denmark, Scotland, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Norway, and Greenland.

The project runs from March 1st 2014 to February 28th 2017 and has a total budget of € 14 million. 50% of the budget is funded by the European Union through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme. Read more on the project website http://mastermind-project.eu/.


The Danish MasterMind activities consist of two services: 1. Internet psychiatry in the Region of Southern Denmark 2. Shared Care – cooperation between general practitioners and specialists from the department of Psychiatry in Esbjerg.

Internet psychiatry in the Region of Southern Denmark offers online depression treatment to the citizens in the region. This treatment option became available in the spring of 2014, and was received with great interest. The project is managed by the Centre of Telepsyciatry, with project leader psychologist Kim Mathiasen.


In Esbjerg, a new type of cooperation between the staff affiliated with psychiatric patients is being tested. This cooperation will raise the quality and coherence of the treatment. This is done through, among other things, software to facilitate videoconference and share relevant information, which will make it easier for general practitioners and specialists to have an ongoing discussion and contact.



Project Coordinator Claus Duedal Pedersen or Mette Atipei Craggs, Centre for Innovative Medical Technology, Odense University Hospital, Region of Southern Denmark.

Read more on the project website http://mastermind-project.eu/ and follow the project on twitter: @EUMasterMind.



The project MasterMind is partially funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community

. cip_en Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme

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