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Optimizing detection of major depression among patients with coronary artery disease using the patient health questionnaire: data from the heart and soul study.

Authors
  • Thombs, Brett D
  • Ziegelstein, Roy C
  • Whooley, Mary A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2008
Volume
23
Issue
12
Pages
2014–2017
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11606-008-0802-y
PMID: 18815842
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Cutpoints of >or=2 on the PHQ-2 and >or=6 on the PHQ-9 had similar test characteristics. A two-step approach using the PHQ-2 followed by the PHQ-9 was no better than either instrument alone. A "PHQ diagnosis" of depression had high specificity, but poor sensitivity.

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