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Internet-Based Depression Screening for College Students

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Albert Yeung, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: March 25, 2011
Last updated: April 24, 2015
Last verified: April 2015

This study aims to determine whether using telecommunication tools, specifically web pages containing online screening instruments and real-time video chat, will be an efficient way to implement Major Depressive Disorder screening among college students. The study also aims to determine if proactive depression screening and free online consultation with a psychiatrist will increase the rate of help-seeking among college students with MDD.

Eligible participants will complete a demographics survey and depression screening assessment online. Those subjects who express suicidality or depressive symptoms will be offered the opportunity to complete a one-time psychiatric consultation with Skype video-conferencing.

Condition Intervention
Major Depressive Disorder
Other: Skype Consultation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: Internet-Based Depression Screening for College Students

Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 8 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Subjects are given the PHQ-9 at baseline, and a 8-week follow-up survey that includes PHQ-9 and questions inquiring whether subject has begun treatment for MDD and whether they faced obstacles in seeking treatment.

Enrollment: 1900
Study Start Date: September 2008
Study Completion Date: December 2014
Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Other: Skype Consultation
    One-hour Skype consultation with MA-licensed psychiatrist and a written summary of findings.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion criteria:

  • All who consider themselves current undergraduate from Massachusetts colleges are encouraged to participate.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01326793

United States, Massachusetts
Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Albert Yeung, MD, ScD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Shyu I, Soo JY, Fava M, Kvedar J, Yeung A. Internet Based Depression Screening for College Students. Proceedings of the 163rd Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). New Orleans, LA, 2010.
Soo JY, Shyu, I, Kvedar J, Fava M, Yeung A. The use of Facebook to advertise depression screening among college students: A feasibility and effectiveness study. Proceedings of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Institute of Psychiatric Services (IPS). Boston, MA, 2010.

Responsible Party: Albert Yeung, Albert Yeung, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT01326793     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008P001438 
Study First Received: March 25, 2011
Last Updated: April 24, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:
Major Depressive Disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on October 21, 2016