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Internet-Based Depression Screening for College Students

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified May 2012 by Massachusetts General Hospital.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Albert Yeung, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: March 25, 2011
Last updated: May 27, 2012
Last verified: May 2012

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.

Condition Intervention
Major Depressive Disorder
Other: Skype Consultation

Study Type: Interventional
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

Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 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.

Estimated Enrollment: 5000
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)
Intervention Details:
    Other: Skype Consultation
    One-hour Skype consultation with MA-licensed psychiatrist and a written summary of findings.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion criteria:

  • All who consider themselves current undergraduate from Massachusetts colleges are encouraged to participate.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01326793

United States, Massachusetts
Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Albert Yeung, MD, ScD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Albert Yeung, Albert Yeung, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT01326793     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008P001438
Study First Received: March 25, 2011
Last Updated: May 27, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:
Major Depressive Disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders processed this record on November 24, 2014