ValueOptions, EmblemHealth's Behavioral Health partner, recommends the following screening tool and clinical guidelines for depression.
Please see the member's identification card for information regarding the appropriate number to contact for a referral for behavioral health and/or substance abuse treatment services.
Screening Tool: PHQ-9*
The PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire-9) is a screening tool for depression.
In addition, "significant" change can be attributed to any interventions that result in a decrease of 5 or more points on the PHQ-9. A member is considered to be in complete "remission" if his/her score falls below 5.
The PHQ-9 is especially sensitive to measuring change over time, and guidelines for intervention have been established based on its scores, as follows:
Download (PDF): PHQ-9 Depression Identification Test
* PHQ-9 is adapted from PRIME_MD Today, developed by Spitzer, Williams, Kroenke and colleagues, Copyright 1999, by Pfizer, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction permitted for the purposes of clinical care and research only.
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