Feasibility of single question mental health surveillance in chronic disease.

Can a single item screening question accurately identify mental health issues in a paediatric population with chronic illness? 

Status of Project 
Completed. Manuscript in preparation 

Research outcomes 

  • Carers and children in the Day Medical Unit responded to a single question regarding child mental health and wellbeing 
  • The use of a single question is feasible in a busy hospital unit 
  • A single question asked of parents can detect concerns about children’s mental health 
    Ongoing research will determine how to involve children’s views and understand resource implications of routine screening 

Research Team 
Mary White (HSRU), Rachel Pelly (HSRU), Jane Le (HSRU), Lucy Dove (DMU), Sarah Connolly (Pastoral Care and Social Work), Alice Morgan (Psychology), Dave Reid (Psychology), Ric Haslam (Mental Health Service), Harriet Hiscock (HSRU) 

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