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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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RODRIGUEZ, Viviana et al. Design and Implementation of the Data Collection Tools for National Mental Health Survey of Colombia, 2015. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2016, vol.45, suppl.1, pp.9-18. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Population surveys on mental health are performed as part of the inputs required for the creation, implementation and evaluation of policies related to mental health, worldwide, and as an initiative of theWorld Health Organisation (WHO).was held The fourth National Survey of Mental Health (ENSM 2015)was carried out during the first half of 2015 on a representative sample of 2,727 children between 7 and 11 years of age, 1,754 adolescents, and 10, 870 adults who were selected throughout the country. Objective: To describe the selection and definition of the tools used to measure mental health (including social cognition and violence), problems, mental disorders, and the evaluation of health states, as well as to describe the process used to develop the data collection tools finally used. Results: The measurement of mental disorders in children was performed using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC), and the Composite International Diagnostic Interview(CIDI)was used for adolescents and adults. For the remaining components evaluated in the survey, a search was conducted on the tools used at a national and international level. The selection of the toos used for the evaluation was based on the questions made by each tool, as well as the scientific validity that could be obtained from the results. In some cases the complete tool (as published) was used, in other cases the tools were constructed unifying parts of different ones, or questions were written based on the concepts or characteristics to be measured. Subsequently, a validation of content, concept and semantic of every tool was carried out, including the CIDI and DISC. The resulting tools were used on a group of people with different characteristics. It was noted that further clarification was necessary for some people to fully understand what was being asked. Because the collection of all the information in the survey would be computer assisted, a stream format was generated to guide the implementation in Blaise software, after the creation and wording of each tool in order to review the validation process of the survey and to ensure the integrity in the order of questions and their format. Fictitious cases were generated during the process, and volunteers participated in the testing. Conclusions: The tools for information collection used in the National Survey of Mental Health 2015 are presented.

Keywords : Health surveys; Mental health; Mental disorders.

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