TrueColours

TrueColours is an easy-to-use technology that enables people to monitor their health by texting or emailing answers to simple health-related questions. Answers are recorded on a display that may be viewed online and printed out both by participants and members of their care team.

In addition to mental health questionnaires, the TrueColours team is working with other world-leading clinicians at the University of Oxford and Oxford University Innovation to bring other patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) to the platform, and to integrate it into best-practice clinical care pathways for use throughout the NHS.

In a whole host of ways this has proved to be a godsend. The regularity with which the prompt text arrives – infallibly each Monday, before noon – acts as a support, and indeed comfort, at times when illness seems to bring only irregularity and uncertainty‘ – Ben W, Patient

From a clinical point of view the effect of the system has been dramatic. We feel much better informed about how well our patients are and about estimating the effects of changes in treatments‘ – Professor John Geddes, Head of Oxford University Department of Psychiatry

Easy to use, healthcare self-monitoring

TrueColours is an easy-to-use technology that enables people to monitor their health by texting or emailing answers to simple health-related questions. Answers are recorded on a display that may be viewed online and printed out both by participants and members of their care team.

TrueColours is sensitive enough to help identify even small changes in health and wellbeing for a wide range of different conditions, from post-operative quality-of-life to long-term mood disorders. This online record may be annotated to note items such as changes in medication, changes in environmental stresses, and behavioural changes patients might have made.

Small changes create big impact

TrueColours naturally lends itself to self-management, and is often used alongside integrated self-help programmes. By monitoring symptoms in this way patients can learn how to make small changes to their lifestyle that can have a big impact on wellbeing.

Other healthcare opportunities

In addition to mental health questionnaires, the TrueColours team is working with other world-leading clinicians at the University of Oxford and Oxford University Innovation to bring other patient reported outcome questionnaires (PROs) to the platform, and to integrate it into best-practice care pathways for use throughout the NHS.

Self-monitoring

Users can:

  • use True Colours to monitor and self-manage symptoms to prevent relapses and improve general wellbeing
  • use the record to track effects of self-management or treatment changes
  • use the record in appointments to improve doctor’s understanding of patients health

Improved clinical care

  • enables patients to record their symptoms remotely via text, email or the website
  • improves assessment by reducing recall bias
  • reduces the need for history-taking, shifting the focus onto intervention planning
  • produces outcomes data on the impact of interventions
  • remote clinical review allows time to be targeted to those in need – reducing workload and improving clinical response.
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