Screening for depression: use of patient questionnaires

M. G. Kavan, T. M. Pace, J. G. Ponterotto, E. J. Barone

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Abstract

Despite the prevalence of depression, it is consistently underdiagnosed. As a result, many depressed patients fail to receive adequate treatment and may experience serious consequences, including suicide. Various screening instruments have been developed to identify depression in patients whose symptoms might go unrecognized. Despite the risks associated with screening, many benefits may result. These include increased recognition of depression, alteration of treatment plans and improved clinical outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)897-904
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Volume41
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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Kavan, M. G., Pace, T. M., Ponterotto, J. G., & Barone, E. J. (1990). Screening for depression: use of patient questionnaires. American Family Physician, 41(3), 897-904.