Project Snapshot – The Kids are Not Ok: Delphi study

The Kids are Not Ok: A Delphi Study to identify consensus research priorities and core outcome sets in paediatric emergency mental health presentations

  • To determine a prioritised list of research questions and identify a set of core clinical and mental health outcomes that should be researched for children and adolescents below 18 years if age who present to the ED with mental health concerns.
  • Children/young people under 18 who attended ED with mental health concerns and their parents/carers.
  • Doctors, nurses, mental health clinicians, police, paramedics, schoolteachers, school counsellors, hospital security
Ethics and governance
  • Monash Health HREC approval has been granted for this multi-site project.
  • This project requires site approvals across ALL participating hospitals, AND approvals from other participating organisations prior to the study being able to commence.
  • There have been delays with this project commencing due to various requirements/ application processes from different organisations in the different states.
  • Currently we have governance approvals and fully executed contracts from 9 participating hospital sites. 10 hospital sites are pending governance approvals.
  • We also have approvals from:
    • VIC – Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria,
    • QLD – Queensland Ambulance Service,
    • WA – Western Australia Police Force, St Johns Ambulance, Department of Education – Western Australia,
    • SA – South Australia Ambulance Service, Department of Education – South Australia,
    • NSW – Department of Education – New South Wales
Recruitment STATUS
  • Recruitment will begin once ALL participating sites have approval. We are aiming to commence participant recruitment in Feb 2022.
Primary outcome
  • To develop a prioritised set of research questions and identify areas, domains and outcomes that should be measured to improve care provided in the Emergency Departments for children and young adults presenting to the Emergency Department with mental health concerns