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E-Mental Health - Developing a general screening tool for Mental Disorders
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Mental health care is critical and while governments are trying to increase awareness of the problem the available resources is not sufficient to confront the growing problem. The thesis proposes a design theory, using Gregor and Jones’s (2007) ‘Anatomy of a Design Theory’ framework, for the current mental illness dilemma that all societies are facing. The proposed solution is one of using information systems, together with domain knowledge and conventional instruments from the field of psychology to create a general screening tool. The design theory takes an ontological approach to defining the domain’s knowledge, using the MINI instrument along with expert knowledge to form the basis of the artifact. The artifact consists of four main entities: Background Information, Screening Questions, Pre-Requisite Questions and Other Questions. The thesis discusses the theoretical rationale for the screening took and then presents an instantiation of the artifact. This tool would be able to screen any person (with the exception of the mentally handicapped) to ascertain if they have a mental disorder as defined in the DSM-IV.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 71 p.
Keyword [en]
mental disorders, DSM-IV, MINI, Protege, open source, screening tool, ontology
National Category
Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-205807OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-205807DiVA: diva2:642648
Subject / course
Computer Systems Sciences
Educational program
Master Programme in Computer and Systems Sciences
2010-06-22, F332, Ekonomikum, 15:20 (English)
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-08-22 Last updated: 2013-09-16Bibliographically approved

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