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Practitioner 2013;257 (1761): 7

Should we abandon the PHQ-9?

23 May 2013Pais-up subscribers

It is uncertain whether the use of structured assessment tools (PHQ-9, HADS-D or BDI-III) improves outcomes for depressed patients and the QOF depression severity indicators should be abandoned, a systematic review has concluded. Eight studies met the inclusion criteria. There was only one (quasi) randomised controlled trial; the rest were observational studies.

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