Improving Care for Adolescents Aged 12-17 in Primary Care with Clinical Symptoms of Depression


About this study

The purpose of this study is to:

  1. Increase screening of adolescents for symptoms of depression in primary care La Crosse, WI clinics using the PHQ9M screening tool.Screening to occur at all well child visits and all subsequent visits for adolescents with Depression on their problem list.Clinics to include Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Family Health, Center for Womens Health.
  2. Develop a clear care pathway for adolescents identified with clinically meaningful symptoms of depression through increased screening, referral and treatment options.  Pathway may include psychoeducational materials (multimedia options), intake paperwork and process for Department of Behavioral Health locally, and other community resource options.
  3. Develop psychoeducational package of materials for adolescents identified through screening in primary care, including electronic resources and Mayo Clinic apps.
  4. Improve % patients referred and complete at least 1 appointment with a behavioral health provider.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All children/teens aged 12-17 who present to primary care for a well visit, sports physical, or clinic visit with specific intention to discuss behavioral health issues. 

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Child is not English speaking
  • Child has previously diagnosed cognitive delay or autism 
  • Has been seen within the Department of Behavioral Health within the past 3 months (is actively in treatment) or has completed the PHQ9M within the prior 30 days. 

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

La Crosse, Wis.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Sarah Trane, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

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