Young people with conditions such as depression, autism or ADHD and their parents and teachers could be assessed online to get them the help they need as soon as possible.
- Anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, phobias
- Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
- Autism, Asperger’s syndrome
- Oppositional and Conduct Disorders
How it works:
After meeting with their GP, a parent will be given a set of codes to log in to the secure computerised system where they will answer a series of interview questions lined up with the appropriate diagnostic systems.
If the child is under 5 years old, the parent alone would be interviewed.
If the child is over 5 years old, both the parent and the child’s teacher would be interviewed.
If the young person is 11 years old or over, the parent, teacher and child would be interviewed.
Once the interviews are completed the resulting information is passed to a child psychologist who looks at a computerised summary of the data and makes a diagnostic assessment.
Professor Philip Wilson, head of the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Rural Health says: “This is an important trial to test a new service which could ultimately lead to a slicker, more thorough and effective system for psychiatric referral for children and young people.
“The current system is inefficient at best and often results in families being sent from pillar to post due to inaccurate or non-comprehensive diagnosis. It’s bad for the children and young people, for the parents and teachers, and the GP who has to manage a situation which is often drawn out and frustrating for all involved.
“It is our hope that the new system will contribute to improved and more equal access to timely outpatient psychiatry services, specialist evaluation and treatment according to best practice, improved capacity in primary care and more rational use of specialist services.”
Project Partners: The Norwegian Centre for E-health Research, University of Aberdeen; University of Eastern Finland; Kuopio University Hospital (a sub partner of the University of Eastern Finland); Luleå University of Technology.
Associated partners: County Council of Norrbotten; Agency for Health and Prevention (Greenland)
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