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Mobile Therapeutic Attention for Patients with Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia

m-RESIST Project (Mobile Therapeutic Attention for Patients with Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia), a project co-funded by the EU under H2020-PHC-26-2014 Programme aimed to develop a therapeutic program that draws on the support of mobile devices to actively involve patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, to make them capable of self-managing their own illness, as well as to support their careers. The objective was also to further develop knowledge related to the illness by studying predictive models.

In the European Union, around 5 million people suffer from psychotic disorders, schizophrenia being one of the most widely-known. Around 30-50% patients are considered treatment-resistant and present persistent symptoms, requiring long periods of hospital care and being at greater risk of mortality and multi morbidity. m-RESIST is an innovative, secure and sustainable project, aims at personalizing psychiatric treatment, ensuring continuation of health care services and allowing patients to manage their condition. Moreover the integration of caregivers and family of patients together with the professionals would enable the provision of specific support services and would prevent acute symptoms. It will be developed bearing in mind the pilot experiences of other groups (internet, phone messages) and taking into account specific features of patients (i.e. treatment resistance).

The m-RESIST consortium, coordinated by Fundació TicSalut (Spain) included Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Spain), which is the clinical leader, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Spain), The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology & Health Policy Research (Israel), Oulun Yliopisto (Finland), iMinds VZW (Belgium), which is the technological leader, IBM Global Services España SA (Spain), Athens Technology Center SA (Greece), Semmelweis Egyetem (Hungary), Agència De Qualitat I Avaluació Sanitàries De Catalunya (Spain), AB.ACUS SRL (Italy) and Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece).

ATC was heavily involved in the technical implementation of the project being responsible for the system integration, while also coordinating the dissemination activities and being heavily involved in the exploitation planning.

The project started in January 2015 and had a duration of 36 months.

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