Opportunities - The adaptability of various patient-centered outcome measures for youth with mental health issues in Alberta

The adaptability of various patient-centered outcome measures for youth with mental health issues in Alberta

University of Calgary


This study, through the University of Calgary, School of Public Policy and Patient Oriented Research, looks to assess the feasibility and adaptability of the various outcome measurements that may be used in youth and mental health services in Alberta.

Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information Systems (PROMIS) are patient-centered measurements, which are evaluated by the patient. A helpful link can be found here. These patient provided reports can provide a list of reliable and evidence-based PROMs that may be used to assess the social and mental health of youth populations.

There is currently a lack of a standardized set of PROMs or PROMIS in youth mental health care, your responses will help us understand about which outcome measures may be most suitable for youth and their families.

It is essential that we have the lived experiences of those who have interacted with the mental health care systems in Alberta to advise and inform on outcome measurements that can improve youth mental wellness experiences going forward.

This research is looking for individuals who are now adults and have previously been through the mental health system in Alberta OR family members of those who have been through the youth mental health system to join in online, 2 hour focus group with approximately four to six other participants.


Roles and Responsibilities

This is a participant opportunity. Volunteers would be expected to participate in a 2 hour, online focus group with four to six other participants and discuss their mental health experiences as a youth in Alberta and how various PROMs may be useful.

Time Commitment

The focus groups are expected to be held in June and early July.



Focus groups will be held online. There are no travel costs expected. Gift cards in the amount of $25 will be provided to focus group participants.


Contact Information

For further information or to apply, please email: promsyouthMH@gmail.com

The University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board has approved this study (REB19-1975).