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An audiotaped mental health evaluation tool for Hispanic immigrants with a range of literacy levels.

Authors
Boiko-P; Katon-W; Guerra-JC; Mazzoni-S
Source
J Immigr Health 2005 Jan; 7(1):33-36
NIOSHTIC No.
20028714
Abstract
Debilitating mental illness is treatable if found. There is no validated self-administered mental illness evaluation tool for immigrant Hispanic farm workers with variable literacy levels. This study tested sensitivity and specificity of an audiotaped survey developed for low literacy levels compared with standard interview instruments. Subjects from 11 migrant camps completed a self-administered audiotaped survey in Spanish to diagnose major depression, substance abuse, panic and generalized anxiety, and domestic violence. Primary care clinics assisted in finding camps and provided follow-up treatment. For 154 men and 156 women, the audio tool was most sensitive for major depression and specific for anxiety disorder, alcohol abuse, and domestic violence. Seventy percent of those diagnosed with major depression received appropriate treatment. This study validated an inexpensive, self-administered audio tool to evaluate the mental health of immigrant Hispanic farm workers with a wide range of literacy levels.
Keywords
Mental-health; Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Sex-factors; Alcoholism
Contact
Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, 4545 49th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
CODEN
JIHEF5
Publication Date
20050101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
patriciaboiko@yahoo.com
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007544
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1096-4045
Source Name
Journal of Immigrant Health
State
WA
Performing Organization
University of Washington
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