2017 Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases round

Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith
University of Auckland
Funder(s): HRC, Ministry of Health
Primary care e-screening for mental health among Te Tai Tokerau youth
36 months

Lay summary

YouthCHAT is an electronic screening tool developed in 2016 to assess risk-taking behaviour and detect mental health concerns among youth in primary care settings. This study will use an implementation science, co-design participatory research approach with mixed method design to explore the feasibility and acceptability of YouthCHAT when tailored for use across settings with large Māori populations. It will include nurse-led youth clinics, school-based clinics, and general practice. Roll-out will be pragmatic, starting with five nurse-led clinics, with up to 10 other clinics included over three years. The study aims to explore adaptation of YouthCHAT in different primary care settings; assess provider and youth acceptability of the tool, and identify changes in screening rates for mental health, help-seeking behaviour and brief intervention delivery. It is anticipated that YouthCHAT will be a culturally acceptable, cost-effective and time-saving screening tool within primary care settings, increasing youth mental health screening and improving access to care.

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