Pennsylvania — Targeted Issue

Emergency Medicine Implementing Adolescent Depression Screening in the Emergency Department (ED)

March 1, 2005 - Feb. 29, 2008

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Project Overview
Adolescent depression is a pervasive and often devastating illness, yet is often undetected by healthcare professionals. This project addresses this problem through the development of a computerized screening process for depression in adolescent patients presenting to the emergency department. This project developed, implemented, and assessed the impact of an emergency department (ED) adolescent depression screening tool. Project objectives included: (1) identification of stakeholders' perceived barriers toward, and preferences for, a computerized adolescent depression screening tool for use in the ED; (2) development and pilot testing of the computer based ED screening process for adolescent depression; and (3) assessment of the impact of the screening process on identification and referral rates for children with suspected adolescent depression in the ED.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Name Role(s) Phone Email
Joel Fein, MD
  • Principal Investigator


Title Type Publication/Event Published/Presented Identifier Details
Characteristics and behavioral risk factors of firearm-exposed youth in an urban emergency department Research Paper/Publication Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2019
Adolescent depression: views of health care providers in a pediatric emergency department Research Paper/Publication Pediatric Emergency Care 2012
Development, validation, and utility of internet-based, behavioral health screen for adolescents Research Paper/Publication Pediatrics 2010
Feasibility and effects of a Web-based adolescent psychiatric assessment administered by clinical staff in the pediatric emergency department Research Paper/Publication Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2010
Patients' and caregivers' beliefs about depression screening and referral in the emergency department Research Paper/Publication Pediatric Emergency Care 2009
Computerized behavioral health screening in the emergency department Research Paper/Publication Pediatric Annals 2009
Screening for suicide risk in the pediatric emergency and acute care setting Research Paper/Publication Current Opinion in Pediatrics 2007