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Checking out Checking In: The Development and Validation of an Electronic Screening Tool for Pediatric Psychosocial Distress

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Participants currently recruited/enrolled
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 8 Years
Max Age: 21 Years

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)

Non-English Speaking


Physiological Measures;
Emotional Context;
Distress Screening;
Natural History

Recruitment Keyword(s)




Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)




Supporting Site

National Institute of Mental Health


- Medical problems and treatments can cause stress in some people. Researchers want to learn more about how to measure distress in young people with medical illnesses. A screening tool called Checking In will be developed in order to help researchers find ways to identify concerns and stresses common to this group.


- To create a screening tool that will help health care providers identify psychological and social distress in young people with serious illnesses.


- Outpatient youth ages 8 21 who are enrolled on a research protocol at the NIH at the time of the study.


- Phase 1 participants will complete a paper-and-pencil version of Checking In. It asks about mood, pain, fatigue, peer relationships, and sleep. During this phase, participants will be asked about the wording of the questions in Checking In. They will also talk about what they thought of the questions and if they understood them.

- Phase 2 will not involve participant enrollment. During this phase the researchers will be working with technologists to develop the software for an electronic version of Checking In.

- Phase 3 participants will complete an electronic version of Checking In. Researchers will ask questions about the ease or difficulty of using an electronic screen.

- Phase 4 participants and one of their caregivers will complete an electronic version of Checking In. They will also complete other questionnaires related to mood, pain fatigue, peer relationships and sleep. They will be asked their thoughts about using Checking In. On the same day, their NIH doctor will get summary data about their questionnaire answers. The doctor will also provide feedback about the summary form.

- Researchers will compare data from Checking In with data from the other questionnaires.

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-Age 8 to 21 years.

-Must be enrolled in a research protocol at the NIH or receiving cancer treatment or follow-up care at Johns Hopkins, Children s Hospital Colorado, or Levine Children s Hospital and be an outpatient at time of study. The treatment protocol PI will be contacted before a patient is approached to ensure that the patient is appropriate for enrollment into this protocol.

-Must have a parent/guardian available to complete the study measures.

-Patients and caregiver must be be able to read in English and write in English (as all instruments have not been validated in other languages)



-Patients can be excluded from this study if there is a presence of psychotic symptoms or cognitive impairment, which in the judgment of the Principal or Associate Investigator, or consulting psychiatrist would compromise the patient s ability to accurately complete the measures.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Maryland Pao, M.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIHBC 10 - CRC BG RM 6-5332
(301) 435-5770

Lori Wiener, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 1-6466
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(240) 760-6419

Office of Patient Recruitment
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Bethesda, Maryland 20892
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