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  1. Accuracy of parent mental health service reporting : Results from a Reverse record-check study.

    Article - En anglais


    To examine the feasibility of conducting a reverse record-check study to validate parent reporting on child mental health service use and to examine the accuracy of parent reports of child mental health services.


    Information about child service use was abstracted from medical records and subsequently compared with reports provided by caregivers in telephone interviews.

    A sample of children using outpatient psychiatric services was compared with a sample of children using outpatient orthopaedic services.

    Rates and correlates of successful caregiver tracking and of service use reporting accuracy were explored.


    Caregivers of nearly 30% of all index children were contacted and interviewed.

    Parent reports of lifetime mental health service use were more accurate than reports of lifetime receipt of orthopaedic services.

    Elapsed time between survey interview and last treatment episode was negatively associated with reporting accuracy.

    Number of clinic visits was positively associated with reporting accuracy.

    Preliminary findings suggested that questions about mental health services may be considered sensitive by parents whose children use them.


    Reverse record-check studies based on telephone interviews are potentially problematic with a sample drawn from a large, inner-city medical center.

    Findings suggest that memory difficulties may be a more important correlate of reporting accuracy than response editing (social desirability). (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Service santé, Santé mentale, Utilisation, Parent, Méthode étude, Entretien, Téléphone, Dossier médical, Etude comparative, Enfant, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health service, Mental health, Use, Parent, Investigation method, Interview, Telephone, Medical record, Comparative study, Child, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0133594

    Code Inist : 002B18B04. Création : 16/11/1999.