Background Accurate detection of persons in need of mental ealthcare is crucial to reduce the treatment gap between psychiatric burden and service use in low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries.
Aims To evaluate the accuracy of a community-based proactive case-finding strategy (Community Informant Detection Tool, CIDT), involving pictorial vignettes, designed to initiate path- ways for mental health treatment in primary care settings.
Method Community informants using the CIDT identified screen positive (n = 110) and negative persons ( n = 85). Participants were then administered the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI).
Results The CIDT has a positive predictive value of 0.64 (0.68 for adults only) and a negative predictive value of 0.93 (0.91 for adults only).
Conclusions The CIDT has promising detection properties for psychiatric caseness. Further research should investigate its potential to increase demand for, and access to, mental health services.