The efficiency of depression questionnaires for case finding in primary medical care
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- Coulehan, J.L., Schulberg, H.C. & Block, M.R. J Gen Intern Med (1989) 4: 541. doi:10.1007/BF02599556
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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.