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Archive for September, 2011

PHQ and the assessment of depression in General Practice

I have just been asked by a colleague for more information on my support for the use of the PHQ-9 depression rating scale in General Practice. Many feel it interferes with the flow of the GP consultation and reduces it to a tick-box exercise. This has been exacerbated by the GMS contract we work to that incentivises its use at diagnosis and at 5-12 weeks of treatment. Here is my response: –