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Brief Depression Screener Developed Using IRT for Antenatal and Postpartum Women

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
89352
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
MH082485
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Brief Depression Screener Developed Using IRT for Antenatal and Postpartum Women
Agency: HHS
Contract: 4R44MH082485-02
Award Amount: $749,879.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Estimates of antenatal and postpartum depression vary from 7 percent to upwards of 30 percent depending on criteria for depression, the type of assessment used, and the timing of the assessment. Thus, approximately 320, 000 to over 1 million women each year experience symptoms of perinatal depression. Estimates of antenatal depression are harder to obtain because of the lack of appropriate diagnostic criteria. Despite this, no screener currently exists that has been devel oped and tested with both antenatal and postpartum women that uses concise, simple language, and a consistent response option set. The overall aim of this project is to develop a brief screener to assess depressive symptoms among antenatal and postpartum w omen. The proposed screener will be easier for patients to understand, will take less time, and will be more psychometrically sound than current screeners. In Phase I we will develop approximately 30 items that are specific to depression in antenatal and p ostpartum women. We will test these items using cognitive interviewing among a sample of 10 antenatal and 10 postpartum women in addition to 32 general depression items we have previously developed. Experts will review the results of the cognitive intervie wing to develop the item pool that will be tested in Phase II. The Phase II item pool will consist of at least 20 general depression items, 10 items specific to antenatal women, and 10 items specific to postpartum women. In Phase II, 500 antenatal and 500 postpartum women (70 percent from private sector sites and 30 percent from public sector sites) will complete the EPDS (as a screener into the study), BDI-II, the PROMIS depression items, our items, and the depression module of the SCID. IRT analyses will be conducted on these data to develop a 7-9 item screener. We anticipate that approximately 5-7 of these items will be applicable to both antenatal and postpartum women and approximately 2-3 of these items will be sample specific. The developed screener wi ll then be given to 400 women who will take the survey twice, approximately 4-7 days apart. Conclusions regarding test-retest reliability and patient satisfaction with taking the screener using different modes of technologies will be made from this study.

Principal Investigator:

Benjamin B. Brodey
9199428849
BB@TELESAGE.COM

Business Contact:

Benjamin B. Brodey
ibrodey@telesage.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TELESAGE, INC.
157 E. FRANKLIN ST. Suite 1 CHAPEL HILL, NC 27514

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