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Type: Journal article
Title: Getting it right: study protocol to determine the diagnostic accuracy of a culturally-specific measure to screen for depression in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Author: Hackett, M.
Farnbach, S.
Glozier, N.
Skinner, T.
Teixeira-Pinto, A.
Askew, D.
Gee, G.
Cass, A.
Brown, A.
Citation: BMJ Open, 2016; 6(12):e015009-1-e015009-7
Publisher: BMJ Publishing
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 2044-6055
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Maree L Hackett, Sara Farnbach, Nick Glozier, Timothy Skinner, Armando Teixeira-Pinto, Deborah Askew, Graham Gee, Alan Cass, Alex Brown
Abstract: Introduction: A freely available, culturally valid depression screening tool is required for use by primary care services across Australia to screen for depression in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander populations. This is the protocol for a study aiming to determine the validity, sensitivity and specificity of the culturally adapted 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire (aPHQ-9). Methods and analysis: Cross-sectional validation study. A total of 500 people who self-identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, are ≥18 years of age, attending 1 of 10 primary healthcare services or service events across Australia and able to communicate sufficiently to answer study questions will be recruited. All participants will complete the aPHQ-9 and the criterion standard MINI International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) 6.0.0. The primary outcome is the criterion validity of the aPHQ-9. Process outcomes related to acceptability and feasibility of the aPHQ-9 will be analysed only if the measure is found to be valid. Ethics and dissemination: Lead ethical approval was obtained jointly from the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (project 2014/361) and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales (project 1044/14). Results will be disseminated via the usual scientific forums, including peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international conferences following presentation to, discussion with and approval by participating primary healthcare service staff and community.
Keywords: Culturally-specific screening; depression
Rights: This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See:
RMID: 0030077506
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015009
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