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Automated Assessment of Mental Health in the Workplace

This study has been completed.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Boston Medical Center Identifier:
First received: August 23, 2005
Last updated: June 1, 2010
Last verified: May 2010
The purpose of this study is to design, refine, and test for the effectiveness of a computer-based telephone system (Telephone-Linked Communications for Detection of Mental Health Disorders in the Workplace; TLC-Detect) that will screen workers for mental health distress; educate them about seeking treatment; and follow up with them over a 6 month period.

Condition Intervention
Mental Disorders
Behavioral: Computer Assisted Education for Behavioral Change

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Automated Assessment of Mental Health in the Workplace

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Further study details as provided by Boston Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Absenteeism and presentism (functionality at work), measured every three months for 6 months [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Treatment status, timing of measurement depends upon symptom severity [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Health status measured every three months for 6 months [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: May 2007
Study Completion Date: January 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Computer Assisted Education for Behavioral Change
    TLC-Detect will provide subjects in the intervention group with information about each diagnosed mental health disorder. TLC-Detect will then give the Treatment Module and will tell the intervention subjects that it will call back in one month for a follow-up or the next week if a subject is comorbid with other disorders.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Employment with benefits at Boston Medical Center, Boston University, or Florida Power and Light Company
  • Ability to speak and understand conversational English
  • > 18 years of age
  • Access to a touch-tone telephone
  • Screen positive for the World Health Organization (WHO)-5 Well-Being Index

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Being under treatment (medication or therapy) for a mental health disorder
  • Taking medication for a serious/major medical disorder that interferes with normal life
  • Taking medication prescribed for mental health treatment on a daily basis
  • Diagnosed with schizophrenia
  • Planning to go on leave for over 6 months
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00134576

United States, Massachusetts
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Medical Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Ramesh Farzanfar, PhD Boston University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Ramesh Farzanfar, Boston University Identifier: NCT00134576     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01DP000116 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: August 23, 2005
Last Updated: June 1, 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders processed this record on April 28, 2017