Patient Health Questionnaire 9: Depression Screener
This is a screen for depression for young adults 18 years and older. Keep in mind that the MassHealth requirement for behavioral-health screening includes individuals up to 21 years of age.
The tool is a one-page questionnaire. The young adult fills out the form, which takes about five minutes to complete and a brief time for staff to score.
Overview of scoring. The patient answers nine questions as occurring over the last two weeks "Not at all", "Several days", "More than half the days", or "Nearly every day". If sufficient questions are endorsed as occurring often enough, a depressive disorder should be considered. The screener itself also includes advice for the patient on when to talk to the doctor or seek help. Please consult the PHQ- 9 website for scoring instructions.
This tool is free and available online, and is available in several languages.
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This information is provided by MassHealth.