Depression screening by a two item Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ 2 in adults

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

Time to complete

Less than 1 minute

Eligibility

A person may be eligible to fill a Depression screening if they are 18 years or older and are experiencing symptoms of depression.

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Questions for Depression screening by a two item Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ 2 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)

Similar Ideas

  • The Beck Depression Inventory
  • The Geriatric Depression Scale
  • The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale
  • The Patient Health Questionnaire-9
  • The Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale

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Depression screening by a two item Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ 2 in adults

What is the PHQ-2 depression screen?

PHQ-2 is a tool used to diagnose and manage depression and anhedonia. The purpose of PHQ-2 is to screen for depression in a “first step” approach. It is the smaller version of PHQ-9; basically, it has the first two questions of PHQ-9.

What is considered a positive PHQ-2 score?

It is considered positive with the diagnosis of major depressive disorder if the PHQ-2 score is greater than or equal to 3. A common symptom of MDD is sadness, irritability, loss of interest in everything, sudden weight loss, and insomnia.

What is the difference between PHQ-2 and PHQ-9?

PHQ-2 is the smaller version of PHQ-9; basically, it has the first two questions of PHQ-9. A psychometric tool or an instrument like PHQ-2, PHQ-9 enhances health practitioners to easily evaluate depressive mood. Mental health practitioners and patients benefit from reduced clinical time, and it allows people to open up more readily about their mental health conditions.

What is the highest possible PHQ-2 score?

There is no definitive answer to this question as the PHQ-2 score is meant to be used as a screening tool to determine if someone may be suffering from a major depressive disorder. However, the highest possible score on the PHQ-2 would be 6.

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