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Inexpensive depression screening tool works in resource poor countries
Date:2/24/2009

or depression. It is now increasingly used by psychiatrists.

"The PHQ-9 has become an easy to administer, validated means of quantifying the patient's symptoms, what Dr. Kroenke calls "a sort of a blood pressure cuff for depression."

Although the PHQ-9 has been extensively tested, validated and utilized in the United States and West Europe, only one previous study has evaluated use of the PHQ-9 with an HIV-positive population, and that was in the United States, not in Africa. Only three previous studies have looked at the feasibility of administering the PHQ-9 in Africa, none to patients with HIV/AIDS.

"Our study, taken together with the many studies that validated the PHQ-9 in a variety of U.S. samples, strongly suggests that the PHQ-9 would also be valid and reliable with U.S. patients with HIV/AIDS for assessing severity and helping with diagnosis at a low cost," said Dr. Monahan.


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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
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317-274-7722
Indiana University
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