Depression screening by a nine item Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ 9 in adults

Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

Time to complete

1 minute

Eligibility

Adults who are experiencing symptoms of depression may be eligible to fill out this depression screening.

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Questions for Depression screening by a nine item Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ 9 in adults

1.

Little interest or pleasure in doing things

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Not at all (0 points)
  2. Several Days (1 point)
  3. More than half the days (2 points)
  4. Nearly every day (3 points)
2.

Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Not at all (0 points)
  2. Several Days (1 point)
  3. More than half the days (2 points)
  4. Nearly every day (3 points)
3.

Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Not at all (0 points)
  2. Several Days (1 point)
  3. More than half the days (2 points)
  4. Nearly every day (3 points)
4.

Feeling tired or having little energy

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Not at all (0 points)
  2. Several Days (1 point)
  3. More than half the days (2 points)
  4. Nearly every day (3 points)
5.

Poor appetite or overeating

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Not at all (0 points)
  2. Several Days (1 point)
  3. More than half the days (2 points)
  4. Nearly every day (3 points)
6.

Feeling bad about yourself, or that you are a failure, or have let yourself or your family down

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Not at all (0 points)
  2. Several Days (1 point)
  3. More than half the days (2 points)
  4. Nearly every day (3 points)
7.

Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Not at all (0 points)
  2. Several Days (1 point)
  3. More than half the days (2 points)
  4. Nearly every day (3 points)
8.

Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed? Or the opposite, being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Not at all (0 points)
  2. Several Days (1 point)
  3. More than half the days (2 points)
  4. Nearly every day (3 points)
9.

Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Not at all (0 points)
  2. Several Days (1 point)
  3. More than half the days (2 points)
  4. Nearly every day (3 points)

Similar Ideas

  • The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) scale
  • The Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II)
  • The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)
  • The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS)
  • The Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale
  • The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)
  • The Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2)
  • The Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D)
  • The Work and Health Outcomes-5 (WHODAS-5)

Here are some FAQs and additional information
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Depression screening by a nine item Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ 9 in adults

What is a PHQ-9 depression screening?

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ 9) is a self-administered instrument used for diagnosing various mental disorders.  PHQ 9 is the depression module of PHQ with 9 items, considered a short scale with accurate detection of depression and assessment of its severity, which guides further treatment decisions.

How do you calculate PHQ-9?

The PHQ 9 score is calculated by assigning 0,1,2,3 for the respective responses starting from “not at all” to “nearly every day,” then adding them together for all the 9 items. Usually, the PHQ 9 score ranges from 0 - 27. The PHQ 9 score's interpretation is based on the cut-of value; the scores are divided into 4 cut points, like 5,10,15, and 20.

When do you use PHQ-9?

Depressive disorders are characterized by a gradual loss of interest in everything; this is one of the most important symptoms. A test instrument like PHQ 9 comes to the rescue at this point; it assesses the major symptoms of depression. That scoring will help you diagnose the severity of depression, and it also helps in the case of measuring the response to treatment.

What is the highest possible PHQ-9 score?

The highest possible score on the PHQ-9 is 27.

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