Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) - Research Participation

Mental Health

Are you a mental health professional? (This includes but is not limited to: Doctors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Counsellors, Occupational Therapists, and trainees/students of these (and associated) disciplines. 

The Australian National University has written and invited participation in a research project on diagnostic decision making that is being conducted. 

The research team is investigating the decision-making processes that influence the assessment and/or diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) across health care settings. As depression is a widespread and debilitating disorder, an accurate and clear understanding of how assessment and diagnostic decisions are made is essential in determining the veracity and reliability of diagnoses. More specifically, they aim to determine how the different signs and symptoms of MDD are weighted by clinicians and trainee clinicians in the diagnostic decision-making process. 

The study requires you to provide basic professional background information and to complete several short choice tasks, where you will be asked to make clinical decisions based on hypothetical case information. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  

If you would like to participate, click this link: 

Clinical Implications 

The data from this survey will demonstrate how, in the real-world, specific symptoms contribute to the assessment and/or diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This promises to improve methods for the efficient detection and accurate assessment of MDD so that more clients can receive effective treatment earlier.  

Benefits to Participating 

First, they promise to send a summary of the results in order to improve your clinical practice. Second, you will be contributing important data that will guide mental health fields towards better methods for detecting, assessing and diagnosing MDD. Third, you can enter a draw to win one of three $100 Westfield gift cards.  

Thank you for your time and for considering to help with this project and please feel free to pass on to other who may be interested in contributing.

Any questions or comments can be directed to Dr Bruce Christensen ([email protected]) or Ms Madeleine Makinson ([email protected]) from the Australian National University.