The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) 2-item and 9-item Screening Tools
The first step in improving outcomes for depression is to identify youth with depression. The Reaching Out to Adolescents in Distress study included a screening protocol based on our prior research with the Patient Health Questionnaire 2-item and 9-item screening tools.
The PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 depression screening tools are:
- available for use without cost
- simple to score
- easy for adolescent patients to understand
Read more about our studies validating the PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 among adolescents. Our study examining the persistence of depressive symptoms following a positive screen also emphasizes the importance of conducting further assessment and re-screening prior to starting treatment for teens with mild depression.