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The challenge of ensuring affordability, sustainability, consistency, and adaptability in the common metrics agenda

Mental health research grapples with research waste and stunted field progression caused by inconsistent outcome measurement across studies and clinical settings, which means there is no common language for considering findings. Although recognising …

Eating, sleeping and moving recommendations in clinical practice guidelines for paediatric depression: umbrella review

Background: Current first-line treatments for paediatric depression demonstrate mild-to-moderate effectiveness. This has spurred a growing body of literature on lifestyle recommendations pertaining to nutrition, sleep and exercise for treating …

Problem-solving training as an active ingredient of treatment for youth depression: a scoping review and exploratory meta-analysis

Forks in the road: Definitions of response, remission, recovery, and other dichotomized outcomes in randomized controlled trials for adolescent depression. A scoping review

Background: Definitions of dichotomous outcome terms, such as “response,” “remission,” and “recovery” are central to the design, interpretation, and clinical application of randomized controlled trials of adolescent depression interventions. …

What Treatment Outcomes Matter Most? A Q-study of Outcome Priority Profiles Among Youth with Lived Experience of Depression

Interest in youth perspectives on what constitutes an important outcome in the treatment of depression has been growing, but limited attention has been given to heterogeneity in outcome priorities, and minority viewpoints. These are important to …

Understanding the illness representations of young people with anxiety and depression: A qualitative study

Background: Many young people with anxiety or depression drop out of treatment early, and/or leave treatment without showing measurably improved symptom levels. To enhance treatment engagement and effectiveness, it is critical to better understand …

Are We Comparing Apples with Oranges? Assessing Improvement Across Symptoms, Functioning, and Goal Progress for Adolescent Anxiety and Depression

Strategies for comparing routinely collected outcome data across services or systems include focusing on a common indicator (e.g., symptom change) or aggregating results from different measures or outcomes into a comparable core metric. The …

International consensus on a standard set of outcome measures for child and youth anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder

A major barrier to improving care effectiveness for mental health is a lack of consensus on outcomes measurement. The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) has already developed a consensus-based standard set of outcomes …

Measuring Health Outcomes in HIV: Time to Bring in the Patient Experience

Introduction: Over the past decade, the global response to HIV has led to a reduction in the number of new infections, and a decrease in associated mortality. Yet, the number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) is high, with an estimated 38 million …

Core outcome set development for adolescent major depressive disorder clinical trials: a registered report

Major depressive disorder (MDD), associated with a lifetime prevalence rate of 11% in adolescents, results in significant disease burden worldwide. Adolescent MDD clinical trials evaluate interventions by measuring the effects of the interventions on …