MoodFX for Clinicians

MoodFX (pronounced Mood Effects) is a free online tool that helps to empower patients and clients to easily screen for and monitor symptoms of depression and related difficulties with anxiety, cognition, and work performance.

MoodFX can be used in conjunction with health care and allied health professionals, including family physicians, psychiatrists, registered psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and others.

This page provides a brief introduction to MoodFX and its potential for use in clinical practice.

What is MoodFX?

MoodFX is a free web app ( designed to help people with mood problems by screening for clinical depression and anxiety and supporting their measurement-based care.  Developed by the Mood Disorders Centre ( and eHealth Strategy Office (now Digital Emergency Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, MoodFX uses validated, clinically useful self-report questionnaires for monitoring depression outcomes.  These questionnaires include:

MoodFX and Measurement-Based Care

Users respond to these brief questionnaires and receive comprehensive, easy-to-understand reports of their results that they can then share with their healthcare provider(s). For example, a score of 10 or higher on the PHQ-9 or GAD-7 indicates clinically significant depression and anxiety. Users can also view and print a personal History chart showing how their symptoms have changed over time, e.g., to monitor improvement with treatment. MoodFX can also help patients self-manage their depression by providing weekly self-care tips and an up-to-date list of trusted online resources.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback about MoodFX at—we’d love to hear from you.


MoodFx info pamphlet for physicians Mar. 20, 2015 Page_1

MoodFx info pamphlet for physicians Mar. 20, 2015 Page_2

About measurement-based care for depression:

Tools for Depression: Standardized Rating Scales by Mark Zimmerman, MD – A brief article on the importance of measurement-based care and an overview of common standardized rating scales used for depression.

Tools for Depression: Evaluating Comorbidities and Side Effects by Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH – A brief article on the importance of measurement-based care in evaluating comorbidities and side-effects to treatment.


MoodFX Survey Results

We conducted a survey from the first 64 users of MoodFX, with results summarized in this presentation by Dr. Lam.
Overall, 70% of users agreed or strongly agreed that MoodFX was helpful for them.

Lam, MoodFx User Survey