Journal article

Comparison of a single self-assessment item with the PHQ-9 for detecting depression in general practice

Mariko Carey, Kimberley A Jones, Sze Lin Yoong, Catherine D'Este, Allison W Boyes, Christine Paul, Kerry J Inder, Rob Sanson-Fisher

Family Practice | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: Several factors need to be considered when selecting a screening tool for depression including accuracy, level of burden for patients and for staff to administer and follow-up. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the utility of a single self-assessment item in identifying possible cases of depression in primary care by examining sensitivity and specificity with the nine-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) at different thresholds. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey presented on a touchscreen computer. PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients attending 12 urban general practices in Australia completed a health status questionnaire (n = 1004). MAIN MEASURES: Depression was assessed by the ..

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Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding: this work was supported by a research grant from beyond blue and the National Heart Foundation of Australia (G0189464).