Electronic screening for mental health in rural primary care: implementation

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2009 Mar;30(3):165-73. doi: 10.1080/01612840802694411.


The goals of this study were to develop a computer-based electronic screening tool (eScreening) and determine the feasibility of implementing eScreening for rural users of primary care. This descriptive pilot adapted existing screening measures for depression and alcohol abuse to a portable computer-based format and examined the feasibility of its adoption and use. This was a three-step design using convenience samples for (1) a focus group with providers, (2) usability testing with selected rural patients using the computerized touch screen, and (3) implementing the touch screen platform with a small sample in primary care to determine feasibility. This paper reports on Phase III, which assessed consumer response to eScreening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Depressive Disorder, Major / epidemiology*
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / therapy*
  • Electronics / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / instrumentation*
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Rural Population / statistics & numerical data*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires