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An Electronic Personal Health Record for Mental Health Consumers

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Benjamin Druss, Emory University Identifier:
First received: April 25, 2012
Last updated: August 3, 2016
Last verified: August 2016

Electronic Personal Health Records (PHRs) hold promise in helping reshape healthcare by shifting the ownership and locus of health records from being scattered across multiple providers to an approach that is longitudinal and patient-centered. Given the complex health needs and the fragmentation of care for persons with serious mental illnesses, these individuals could derive particular benefit from a PHR. However, there are currently no established PHRs developed for use in this population.

In order to fill this gap, the investigators propose to develop, test, and disseminate a Personal Health Record for persons with serious mental illnesses and one or more comorbid medical condition. The Mental Health PHR (MH-PHR) builds on an established personal health record which was developed in partnership with medical consumers and is in wide use in a number of communities in the United States and abroad.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Comorbid Conditions
Other: personal electronic medical record
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: An Electronic Personal Health Record for Mental Health Consumers

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Further study details as provided by Emory University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of Care [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Enrollment: 170
Study Start Date: March 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Case
Assigned a Personal Electronic Health Record
Other: personal electronic medical record
Active Comparator: Control: Usual Care
Assigned to control arm, continued to receive care as usual in community. Was issued information on community health resources, but did not use research study personal health record.
Other: personal electronic medical record


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Currently in treatment at the CMHC.
  2. Serious Mental Illness: based on or chart review;
  3. One or more Chronic Medical Condition as ascertained via administrative records.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01724125

United States, Georgia
Grady Health Systems
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30303
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Druss, MD MPH Emory University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Benjamin Druss, Professor, Emory University Identifier: NCT01724125     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB00012759
1R18HS017829 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: April 25, 2012
Last Updated: August 3, 2016

Keywords provided by Emory University:
serious mental illness processed this record on April 28, 2017