Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to assess health care providers’ knowledge of current adolescent depression screening guidelines and provide them with education regarding these guidelines to increase their screening frequency.
Background: California’s adolescent depression percentage is above the national average and continues to increase. Current clinical guidelines suggest the routine screening of adolescent depression in primary care clinics during annual visits or when risk factors are identified; however, the number of depression screening performed by health care providers remains low, 34%. This lack of screening contributes to unidentified adolescent depression which can result in poor future health outcomes.
Methods: This project was guided by the Model for Improvement by using a quantitative pre/posttest design along with an evidence-based Zoom video presentation about adolescent depression screening. Providers received an email with links to an anonymous pretest, posttest, and Zoom video, and were given two weeks to complete each of these steps. After the closing of the surveys, results were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results: A total of two healthcare providers participated in this project. The data was collected over the course of two weeks. Both providers who participated reported an increased knowledge in the discussed adolescent depression screening guidelines, as well as an intent to implement those guidelines.
Conclusions: A low participation rate was the greatest limitation for this project; however, the data provided by the participants indicated that providing providers with education on adolescent depression screening increases their comfort and knowledge level of the issue. Educating providers and increasing their intent to implement the guidelines are the first steps to closing the gap in adolescent depression screening in primary care.
|Advisor:||Gregg, S. Renee|
|Commitee:||Gallagher, Shawn P., Pacheco, Christy L.|
|School:||The University of Arizona|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Nursing, Medicine|
|Keywords:||Adolescent depression screening, Depression screening guidelines, Increasing adolescent depression screening rates, Provider education|
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