The HEADS-ED is a tool that enables physicians to take a psychosocial history which aids in decisions regarding patient disposition.
Seven variables are incorporated into the use of the HEADS-ED tool:
Activities and peers
Drugs and alcohol
Emotions, behaviours, thought disturbance
These psychosocial items are used to classify patients into:
(0) No action needed
(1) Needs action but not immediate
(2) Needs immediate action
The HEADS-ED is a validated interview tool that makes it easy for physicians to identify children/youth with mental health issues, as well as find local help and resources.
Please click the links below to access more information on the HEADS-ED tool and research.
The HEADS-ED: A Rapid Mental Health Screening Tool for Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department Cappelli et al, 2012
Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing the HEADS-ED: A Rapid Screening Tool for Pediatric Patients in Emergency Departments MacWilliams et al, 2016
The HEADS-ED: Evaluating the Clinical Use of a Brief, Action-Oriented, Pediatric Mental Health Screening Tool Cappelli et al, 2017
A Systematic Review of Instruments to Identify Mental Health and Substance Use Problems Among Children in the Emergency Department Newton et al, 2017
A systematic review of management strategies for children's mental health care in the emergency department: update on evidence and recommendations for clinical practice and research Newton et al, 2017
The HEADS-ED was created by Dr. Mario Cappelli and the HEADS-ED development team: Heather Bragg, Paula Cloutier, Guy Doucet, Elizabeth Glennie, Dr. Clare Gray, Dr. Mona Jabbour, Dr. John Lyons, and Dr. Roger Zemek.
Thank you for visiting the HEADS-ED website at www.heads-ed.com. HEADS-ED is a pilot project developed at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is intended to serve as an information tool that may be used as a resource for Emergency Department physicians in assessing mental health patients in an Emergency Department setting and for Emergency Department physicians, patients, and their families in identifying potential local community and agency resources. Access to and use of the HEADS-ED website constitutes acceptance of and compliance with the following terms and conditions of use, which may be subject to change from time to time.
The content of the HEADS-ED website, including all text, graphics, images, and links (the “Content”), is provided solely for educational and informational purposes. The Content is not designed or intended to serve as or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consultation with your physician, or other qualified health providers, should be sought for any questions you may have with respect to your own unique medical circumstances. The HEADS-ED website is also not a substitute for the personalized clinical judgment and/or care of a medical professional. HEADS-ED information should never be used as a substitute for specific professional medical advice or serve as a reason for delay in seeking it. HEADS-ED is an information tool that physicians may refer to in the exercise of their own specific clinical judgment in the context of their own specific patient-physician relationships.
The information provided on the HEADS-ED website is believed to be accurate and reliable at the time of posting. However, the HEADS-ED design team and its affiliates do not guarantee or warrant the currency, accuracy, or any other aspect of the suitability of the information provided when posted. All risk associated with the use of all information posted on the HEADS-ED website is assumed by the user of the site. The HEADS-ED design team and its affiliates assume no obligation to ensure currency of information or to report on further developments with respect to the information posted on the HEADS-ED website. Information supplied is considered “as is” and the HEADS-ED design team and its affiliates shall not be liable for any damages or injury, including but not limited to special or consequential damage resulting from the use of any information on the HEADS-ED website.
Certain links contained in the content of the HEADS-ED website lead to resources located on servers maintained by third parties over whom the HEADS-ED design team and its affiliates have no control or jurisdiction. As such, the HEADS-ED design team and its affiliates make no representation or warranty with respect to the accuracy or any other aspect of the information contained on such third party servers. The HEADS-ED design team and its affiliates do not recommend or endorse the content of any third party websites, nor do they endorse any physicians or other health professionals, treatment, services, products, procedures, opinions, or any other aspect of information that may be referenced in the content of third party websites.
The HEADS-ED website and its use are governed by the laws in effect in the Province of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada applicable in Ontario. Any dispute or claim based on use of the HEADS-ED website is governed by those laws.
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