ChatGPT, the AI language model capable of mirroring human conversation, may be better than a doctor at following recognized treatment standards for clinical depression, and without any of the gender or social class biases sometimes seen in the primary care doctor-patient relationship, finds research published in the open access journal Family Medicine and Community Health.
However, further research is needed into how well this technology might manage severe cases as well as potential risks and ethical issues arising from its use, say the researchers. Depression is very common, and many of those affected turn first to their family (primary care) doctors for help. The recommended course of treatment should largely be guided by evidence-based clinical guidelines, which usually suggest a tiered approach to care, in line with the severity of the depression.
ChatGPT has the potential to offer fast, objective, data-derived insights that can supplement traditional diagnostic methods as well as providing confidentiality and anonymity, say the researchers.
Excerpted from News Medical Life Sciences