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About the Screener
Your client completed a research screener for depression (the 8-item version of the PHQ-9) that has a standard cut-point for probable, probable-moderate, or severe depression, versus mild or no depression. Clinical evaluation for possible treatment is usually recommended for persons scoring in the moderate to severe range, although even mild depression can be important to identify in persons with a history of severe depression. The screener is not a diagnosis, and people can have a positive score and not be depressed or have a negative score and be depressed; but the screener picks up most people with a current clinical depression.
You can review the screener with your client and score the screener. You might get a different result than when they took it the first time, but the education and referral should be based on their first score when they entered the study.
You can explain what a positive and negative score mean.
You can screen your client at follow-up, if you enter their Client Study ID each time, to track how they are doing.