Background & Methods
The World Mental Health surveys, carried out in collaboration with World Health Organization and Harvard Medical School - Harvard University have been known to apply high standards of quality control, but few studies have been published to document this. Furthermore, the effectiveness of quality control has rarely been reported in the Middle East. The focus of this paper was to highlight the implementation of quality control procedures in the Saudi National Mental Health Survey (SNMHS) under the World Mental Health Survey Consortium. The paper summarizes the guidelines implemented for the various phases of survey quality control —the quality assurance procedures, the quality control procedures and the quality control appraisal components—as per previously prescribed recommendations in literature.
Between 2013-2016, the SNMHS conducted household interviews with more than 4000 respondents, males and females between the ages of 15 and 65, who were selected randomly from Saudi households. This sample covered all the different regions in the Kingdom. Face-to-face computer-administered interviews were conducted in the homes of the participants.