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    Director: Mark Zimmerman, MD

    More about MIDAS research and specific publications

    The Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) project is an ongoing clinical research study involving the integration of research assessment methods into routine clinical practice. Through the project, more than 2,000 psychiatric outpatients presenting for treatment in a hospital-affiliated, community- based practice setting have been comprehensively evaluated with semi-structured diagnostic interviews, including the SCID for Axis I disorders and SIDP for Axis II disorders.

    Information on childhood trauma, family history of psychiatric disorders, psychosocial functioning, and demographic features has been obtained as well. Some patients have been longitudinally tracked in order to compare the outcome of individuals with different disorders and examine which factors are associated with outcome.

    During the past eight years, the MIDAS project has received five grants from the National Institutes of Health that have provided funding for research and sharing of findings through the publication of papers in 14 scientific journals.

    Current and future projects include:

    • Investigations into the quality and outcome of treatments for all types of psychiatric illness
    • Development of new psychiatric assessment tools
    • Research on the benefits of medication and psychotherapy in treating pathological gambling
    • Examination of the efficacy of antidepressant medications and the criteria by which they are prescribed
    • Studies on the effectiveness of psychological screenings for bariatric surgery patients

    More about MIDAS research and specific publications