Diagnostic tools

Screening tools

Here are a some helpful self-assessments and screening tools you can use with your patients.

Anxiety

GAD-7 (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) is a seven-question screening tool that identifies whether a complete assessment for anxiety is indicated. 

GAD-7 SCORING: Scores of 5, 10, and 15 are taken as the cut-off points for mild, moderate and severe anxiety, respectively. When used as a screening tool, further evaluation is recommended when the score is 10 or greater.

Bipolar disorder

Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) includes 13 questions associated with bipolar disorder symptoms.

Depression

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is the most common screening tool to identify depression. It is available in multiple languages, accessible at phqscreeners.com.

Drug and alcohol abuse (including prescription drug abuse)

CAGE-AID is a commonly used, five-question tool used to screen for drug and alcohol use. The CAGE is a quick questionnaire to help determine if an alcohol assessment is needed. If a person answers yes to two or more questions, a complete assessment is advised.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

PCPs may use the five-item Primary Care PTSD Screen (PCPS) or the 20-item self-report questionnaire, PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5).