PHQ-15 [Patient Health Questionnaire - Physical Symptoms]

The PHQ-15 asks patients to rate how they have been bothered by somatic symptoms over the past month. It is commonly used both for screening and monitoring purposes.

Created by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. No permission required to reproduce, translate, display or distribute.


During the last 4 weeks, how much have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

Not bothered
Both­ered a little
Both­ered a lot
1. Stomach pain
2. Back pain
3. Pain in your arms, legs, or joints (knees, hips, etc.)
4. Menstrual cramps or other problems with your periods (women only)
5. Headaches
6. Chest pain
7. Dizziness
8. Fainting spells
9. Feeling your heart pound or race
10. Shortness of breath
11. Pain or problems during sexual intercourse
12. Constipation, loose bowels, or diarrhea
13. Nausea, gas, or indigestion
14. Feeling tired or having low energy
15. Trouble sleeping


Self-report scales are for screening purposes only, and must be interpreted by a qualified health professional in conjunction with clinical assessment. They cannot be used alone for diagnostic or treatment purposes.