Resident Community Involvement August 2017

Drs. Alison Lee and Samara Laskin are members of the Doan Research Team and part of HEARTSMAP that is bringing better mental health assessments for youth to emergency departments across the province.

The team will be visiting EDs in the Interior and Northern BC, providing two-hour on-site training sessions for clinicians on how to use the HEARTSMAP tool. In total, the tool will be implemented and evaluated in 50 EDs across the province.

HEARTSMAP is a new online emergency psychosocial assessment and management tool developed by the Divisions of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Psychiatry at BC Children’s Hospital. The project is led by Dr. Quynh Doan, investigator and pediatric emergency physician at BC Children’s Hospital, and associate professor with the UBC Department of Pediatrics.

Part of a larger Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative project, HEARTSMAP was designed to address the need for more accurate and consistent assessment of pediatric mental health issues in the ED. It’s an online tool that allows practitioners to quickly assess a patient and make customized treatment recommendations, based on the measurements and outcomes of the test.

author: Michelle Seymour