Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 541–547 | Cite as

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

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


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

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