A System-Based Approach to Depression Management in Primary Care Using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9

DeJesus, Ramona S.; Vickers, Kristin S.; Melin, Gabrielle J.; Williams, Mark D.
November 2007
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Nov2007, Vol. 82 Issue 11, p1395
Academic Journal
Primary care physicians are more likely to see patients with depression than with any other disorder except hypertension, and its management poses a challenge to busy primary care practices. The Patient Health Questionnaire-9, a simple self-administered tool of proven validity and reliability, is a commonly used screening instrument for depression in primary care practice. This review article provides a system-based approach to depression management using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 to guide clinicians in the identification and treatment of depression and its follow-up care.


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