The mental health section of Healthcheck comprises two separate aspects - self-assess and disease risk. The self-assess component profiles the user at this moment in time for signs of possible mood disorder, low self-esteem or high stress levels, but does not actually diagnose a user with a medical condition such as depression. The disease risk component gives the user an indication of their statistical likelihood of developing depression and anxiety in the next five years. These indications are based on multiple risk factors, including previous diagnosis of depression (for depressive disorder). As there is no direct evidence for how a particular score on a self-assess questionnaire (as opposed to a confirmed diagnosis) affects future risk of depression or anxiety, we cannot incorporate these into our indications. Therefore a user may have a high anxiety self-assess score but low indication of future risk of generalised anxiety disorder, and vice versa.
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- What is Healthcheck and how does it work?
- Understanding disease risk
- How is risk quantified and measured by the AI?
- Where is the information your AI is using coming from?
- Which diseases are included?
- Where can I find references for the research used?
- Who can use it?
- How is my ethnicity relevant to some disease risks? Why is my ethnicity a disease risk factor?
- The information I provided is no longer correct, can I change it?
- How accurate is the disease risk calculation?