In the clinician-administered version, clinicians can read the probes off a tablet, laptop or desktop computer and enter their scores and notes directly onto the computer instead of paper forms. The computer automatically scores and branches the interview to the next question, based on the patient’s response. Notes can be taken via keyboard or stylus.
In the youth self-administered version, a video of a clinician asks the questions, and the youth chooses the appropriate response option. Text of the questions also appear on the screen, and the user can turn the video off if just text is preferred. The youth can choose either a male or female video-clinician. The computer automatically scores and branches the interview to the next question, based on the user’s response. Youth can also type or write in comments at any time.
The parent self-administered version is comparable to the youth self-administered version except it does not include video-clips. The parent-version collects the following extra data not surveyed from the youth: 1) child’s history of mental health treatment; 2) current and past psychotropic medications; 3) birth and developmental history; 4) health problems; and 5) family history of psychiatric illness.
About the KSADS-COMP: The Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Aged Children (K-SADS) is the most widely used and well validated semi-structured psychiatric diagnostic interview for children and adolescents.
I also want to tell you that we are very positive about the K-SADS-COMP, it is very user-friendly. We have been using it for 3 months now in a clinical research project, and using it is a considerable improvement compared to the paper-and-pencel version."
Marlene Briciet Lauritsen, MD
Head of Research Unit for Child and
Aalborg University, Denmark