This is a self screening questionnaire for depression and anxiety. The patient should be instructed not to take too long over their replies: their immediate reaction to each item will probably be more accurate than a long thought-out response. Although it was designed for hospital General Medical Outpatients, it has been extensively used in Primary Care.1
Two question test - An alternative screening tool for depression:
The two-question test is sensitive (96%) at picking up depression but like all screening tests less specific (57%).2 It is simple but does not test for anxiety.
References, footnotes and further reading
Acknowledgements EMIS is grateful to Dr Huw Thomas for this article including the calculator. The final copy has passed peer review of the independent Mentor GP authoring team. ŠEMIS 2009.
Last issued 03 Feb 2009