The Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Task Group was formed in light of the special considerations needed when working with mood disorder patients under the age of 18. While this demographic can present unique challenges, the reward in helping children overcome emotional and mental adversities is enormous. During meetings the Task Group reviews the latest research in the field of child psychiatry, shares clinical advice, and discuses collaborative project ideas.
NCH and OSU recently joined the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC), a consortium of 22 academic medical centers of excellence around the country providing care for patients with mood disorders. In an effort to improve quality of care, the NNDC has established the Mood Outcomes Program (MOP), in which clinical progress of adult patients is carefully monitored over time at each participating clinic, using 4 standardized patient self-report questionnaires. Now the NNDC wants to assess the feasibility and utility of using this program in adolescents at the 15 NNDC sites that treat children and adolescents.
The four standardized self-report forms include the PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire), GAD-7 (Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item Scale), Columbia (Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale) and Altman Self-Rated Mania Scale (Altman). Instruments are completed, usually on-line, just prior to the visit so clinicians can view results in real-time. Graphs include results from any prior visits, as a way of monitoring progress over time. This information can then be used to help guide treatment decisions.
Thus far, the MOP has only been administered to adults. The current study hopes to learn how acceptable and useful these measures are to both adolescent patients and their clinicians. We are asking clinicians at all the NNDC sites that have child/adolescent clinics their opinions of the NNDC battery and their interest in having all or some of it incorporated into standard operating procedures. Participation would involve reviewing the four instruments then completing two brief questionnaires. In appreciation for your time, you would receive a $5 Starbucks giftcard. Would you like to participate?