Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 541–547

The efficiency of depression questionnaires for case finding in primary medical care

  • John L. Coulehan
  • Herbert C. Schulberg
  • Marian R. Block
Clinical Reviews

DOI: 10.1007/BF02599556

Cite this article as:
Coulehan, J.L., Schulberg, H.C. & Block, M.R. J Gen Intern Med (1989) 4: 541. doi:10.1007/BF02599556

Conclusion

There is a need for case-finding procedures that can efficiently identify depressed persons seeking care in primary medical settings. Several brief, self-administered questionnaires are available for this purpose, but published studies assessing their predictive powers are surprisingly sparse and varied in the quality of relevant information. Different practice settings, cut-off points, and criterion measures limit the generalizability of previous reports. Nevertheless, case finding with a brief questionnaire is an attractive strategy that should be further investigated in specified patient groups, given the need to improve the primary care physician’s diagnosis and treatment of depression.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John L. Coulehan
    • 2
  • Herbert C. Schulberg
    • 3
  • Marian R. Block
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Preventive MedicineUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburgh
  2. 2.the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Preventive MedicineUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburgh
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburgh