Journal article

Depression in Aboriginal men in central Australia: adaptation of the Patient Health Questionnaire 9

Alex DH Brown, Ricky Mentha, Kevin G Rowley, Timothy Skinner, Carol Davy, Kerin O'Dea

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: While Indigenous Australians are believed to be at a high risk of psychological illness, few screening instruments have been designed to accurately measure this burden. Rather than simply transposing western labels of symptoms, this paper describes the process by which a screening tool for depression was specifically adapted for use across multiple Indigenous Australian communities. METHOD: Potential depression screening instruments were identified and interrogated according to a set of pre-defined criteria. A structured process was then developed which relied on the expertise of five focus groups comprising of members from primary Indigenous language groups in central Australia...

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