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Depression Assessment Instruments

Depression Assessment Instruments

These instruments are relevant to the treatment of depression.

Depression assessment instruments.

Careful assessment is an important part of evidence-based practice. Initial assessments of depressive symptoms can help determine possible treatment options, and periodic assessments throughout care can guide treatment and gauge progress.


Many of the instruments described below were used in the studies that served as the evidence base of the systematic reviews that undergird the guideline recommendations. These instruments include both interview and self-report measures and may be used to screen, diagnose and/or track treatment outcomes. Each instrument has been demonstrated to be valid and reliable, and most are available at no cost.

 

Clinicians are encouraged to review the evidence-based literature about these assessments, especially regarding their intended use and appropriate populations, in order to determine which tools are best suited for their patients and practices?

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