The PHQ-9 is a validated, 9-item self-administered scale measuring the degree of depressive symptoms (based on DSM-IV criteria) over the last two weeks. It also includes an (unscored) item to measure their impact. It is commonly used both for screening and monitoring purposes.
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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.