Accuracy of proactive case finding for mental disorders by community informants in Nepal.
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BACKGROUND: Accurate detection of persons in need of mental healthcare is crucial to reduce the treatment gap between psychiatric burden and service use in low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries. AIMS: To evaluate the accuracy of a community-based proactive case-finding strategy (Community Informant Detection Tool, CIDT), involving pictorial vignettes, designed to initiate pathways for mental health treatment in primary care settings. METHOD: Community informants using the CIDT identified screen positive (n = 110) and negative persons (n = 85). Participants were then administered the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI). RESULTS: The CIDT has a positive predictive value of 0.64 (0.68 for adults only) and a negative predictive value of 0.93 (0.91 for adults only). CONCLUSIONS: The CIDT has promising detection properties for psychiatric caseness. Further research should investigate its potential to increase demand for, and access to, mental health services.
Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1192/bjp.bp.113.141077
Publication InfoJordans, MJ; Kohrt, BA; Luitel, NP; Komproe, IH; & Lund, C (2015). Accuracy of proactive case finding for mental disorders by community informants in Nepal. Br J Psychiatry, 207(6). pp. 501-506. 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.141077. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10954.
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