The True Colours remote mood monitoring system was developed over a
decade ago by researchers, psychiatrists, and software engineers at
the University of Oxford to allow patients to report on a range of
symptoms via text messages, Web interfaces, or mobile phone apps.
The system has evolved to encompass a wide range of measures,
including psychiatric symptoms, quality of life, and medication.
Patients are prompted to provide data according to an agreed
personal schedule: weekly, daily, or at specific times during the
day. The system has been applied across a number of different
populations, for the reporting of mood, anxiety, substance use,
eating and personality disorders, psychosis, self-harm, and
inflammatory bowel disease, and it has shown good compliance. Over
the past decade, there have been over 36,000 registered True
Colours patients and participants in the United Kingdom, with more
than 20 deployments of the system supporting clinical service and
research delivery. The system has been adopted for routine clinical
care in mental health services, supporting more than 3000 adult
patients in secondary care, and 27,263 adolescent patients are
currently registered within Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The
system has also proven to be an invaluable scientific resource as a
platform for research into mood instability and as an electronic
outcome measure in randomized controlled trials. This paper aimed
to report on the existing applications of the system, setting out
lessons learned, and to discuss the implications for tailored
symptom monitoring, as well as the barriers to implementation at a
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The True Colours Remote Symptom Monitoring System: A Decade of Evolution