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Using mobile phone surveys to measure levels, trends, and disparities in mental health

Policy Outreach, Social Hierarchy1 min read

This Policy Brief summarizes and presents policy recommendations based on research in “Measurement of population mental health: Evidence from mobile phone survey in India,” a research paper by Diane Coffey, Payal Hathi, Nazar Khalid and Amit Thorat.

This brief draws on Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI), a mobile phone survey that interviews adults aged 18 to 65. In Bihar, Jharkhand, & Maharashtra, SARI measured respondents’ mental health using two different sets of questions. This is the first time a survey has measured population mental health in India with a phone survey.

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