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BRANCHED OUTCOMES INSTRUMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
61089
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
MH064323
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TELESAGE, INC.
201 East Rosemary Street CHAPEL HILL, NC 27514
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: BRANCHED OUTCOMES INSTRUMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43MH064323-01A1
Award Amount: $99,975.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose to use Item Response Theory (IRT), the mathematical study of computerized adaptive testing, to construct a brief, highly branched mental health screening and outcomes tracking instrument. This instrument will use electronic survey technology to administer surveys while continuously adapting their content and structure in real time, allowing patients to see only the most individually relevant questions. The final Phase II product will be the first IRT-based instrument in mental health, and will screen and track patients with depression, anxiety, alcohol or substance abuse, and coexisting impairment in social or occupational function. It is intended for use by clinicians and researchers within primary care and mental health settings. It will be highly sensitive to change; have a low floor and high ceiling; use a constant 5-point Likert scale; and screen for six domains in under eight minutes. In Phase I, we will assess the feasibility of using IRT to create the instrument by pilot testing a long unbranched version on 300 mental health patients of varying symptom severity using touch-screen PCs at two Kaiser Permanente outpatient clinics. We hope the increased efficiency in tracking outcomes will help improve individual patient care and help researchers improve the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: The final Phase II product will be a brief (8-minute) IRT-based mental health screening and outcomes-tracking instrument for use by clinicians and mental health researchers within primary care and mental health settings. It will be highly sensitive to changes with a high ceiling and low floor. The instrument will contain four separable symptom domains and 2 separable function domains. Its increased efficiency in tracking outcomes will help clinicians and mental health researchers improve the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.

Principal Investigator:

Benjamin B. Brodey
2065454477
BBRODEY@TELESAGE.COM

Business Contact:

Inger Brodey
2065454477
IBRODEY@TELESAGE.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

TELESAGE, INC.
TELESAGE, INC. 4558 4TH AVE NE SEATTLE, WA 98105

EIN/Tax ID: 911709021
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No