Internet-Based Depression Screening for College Students
This study aims to determine whether using telecommunication tools, specifically web pages containing online screening instruments and real-time video chat, will be an efficient way to implement Major Depressive Disorder screening among college students. The study also aims to determine if proactive depression screening and free online consultation with a psychiatrist will increase the rate of help-seeking among college students with MDD.
Eligible participants will complete a demographics survey and depression screening assessment online. Those subjects who express suicidality or depressive symptoms will be offered the opportunity to complete a one-time psychiatric consultation with Skype video-conferencing.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Screening
|Official Title:||Internet-Based Depression Screening for College Students|
- 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 8 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Subjects are given the PHQ-9 at baseline, and a 8-week follow-up survey that includes PHQ-9 and questions inquiring whether subject has begun treatment for MDD and whether they faced obstacles in seeking treatment.
|Study Start Date:||September 2008|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||January 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Other: Skype Consultation
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114|
|Principal Investigator:||Albert Yeung, MD, ScD||Massachusetts General Hospital|