Vida Health’s virtual mental health program achieves significant clinical results in reducing depression and anxiety

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE) – New research published in JMIR Formative research showed 3 times greater weight loss among those who also reduced their depressive symptoms compared to those who focused only on weight loss. The new paper from Vida Health adds to a growing body of peer-reviewed research showing that integrated mind-body care is the most effective treatment for chronic disease.

The results show:

  • 75% of participants experienced a reduction in depressive symptoms

  • Anxiety scores were reduced by an average of 41% for those with co-occurring anxiety and depression

  • Patients who reduced their depression experienced 3 times greater weight loss than those who focused only on weight loss

  • Patients who experienced improvements in their depression showed consistently better weight loss outcomes than those whose depression did not improve

  • A reduction in depression may be related to the member’s engagement with Vida. Patients who engaged more with Vida saw greater improvement in their depressive symptoms

The study “Improvements in depression outcomes after a digital cognitive behavioral therapy intervention in a polychronic population: a retrospective study” investigated the effectiveness of a therapist-supported 12-week cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program in improving symptoms of depression and anxiety in an older population with a heavy burden of chronic physical disease, including obesity and type 2 diabetes. The study looked at the results of 831 participants. Those who participated were provided with structured lessons and tools and offered weekly one-on-one video counseling sessions with a licensed therapist for 12 weeks and monthly sessions thereafter. The clinically validated Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-8) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale (GAD-7) were used to assess depression and anxiety, respectively.

“In the past few years, we’ve made tremendous progress in how we treat — and how society views — mental health disorders,” said Patrick Carroll, MD, chief medical officer of Vida Health. “For those suffering from anxiety and depression, virtual mental health care offers immediate access to high-quality care, often at a more affordable cost than physical solutions. It also provides an opportunity for people living with multiple chronic conditions — physical or mental — to receive quality care in one place. We hope these great results reinforce the need we have as a society to double down on virtual care as we try to close the gap in America’s health care.”

“Vida has changed my life,” said Debbie W., a Vida member of the largest public school group in the US, the California Self-Accounting Schools. “If Vida wasn’t part of my life, I would be an emotional and physical wreck. I have bad moments, but now when I get sad, I have the tools to analyze and deal with the situation instead of letting every little thing push me over the edge into depression… I’m not a junk food, panic stricken slacker the person I was last year.

Vida’s complete virtual healthcare solutions for chronic physical and mental health conditions serve members in all 50 states in both English and Spanish. Clients include employers such as Boeing, Visa, Cisco and eBay, as well as some of the nation’s largest health plans such as Centene, Humana and Blue Cross Blue Shield. These significant results are the latest positive results from Vida published in peer-reviewed publications. Vida has proven clinical results for a number of conditions including diabetes, depression, hypertension, anxiety and weight loss. Vida is the only virtual chronic care solution in its class that guarantees results through a value-based pricing structure that puts 100% of Vida’s fees at risk for both physical and mental chronic outcomes.

About Vida Health

Vida Health is a virtual care company intentionally created to treat physical and mental conditions together. Vida’s clinically validated approach combines an AI-based personalized mobile app experience with a nationwide network of high-quality providers who work in a high-touch, collaborative team that maximizes engagement, results and savings. Vida’s app offers video sessions, asynchronous messaging and digital content and programs to help people prevent and manage chronic diseases – such as diabetes and hypertension – and the mental conditions that accompany them – such as stress, depression and anxiety. Some of America’s largest employers and health plans trust Vida’s entire health offering. Learn more at www.Vida.com.

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