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Getting it right: the validation study

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This study aims to validate an extensively adapted and culturally appropriate, free to use, depression screening tool for use with Indigenous people attending primary health care services.

  • the primary aim is to validate the culturally adapted tool against a gold standard tool to screen for depression.
  • the secondary aims include assessing the comparative contribution of seven additional questions to the aPHQ-9 on anger, weakened spirit, homesickness, irritability, excessive worry, rumination, and drug/alcohol use previously identified during in-depth qualitative research, in order to improve the detection of depression in Indigenous people attending primary care services and to evaluate the acceptability, feasibility and usefulness of the aPHQ-9 in its intended care setting.

Recruitment for Getting it Right was completed in November 2016. The target of 500 participants from 10 primary health care services around Australia was reached. Data analyses are underway.

For further information regarding this project, please email Maree Hackett or download Getting it right: the validation study Information Sheet.