Ultra-short screening instruments for depression in primary care

Clinical Governance: An International Journal

ISSN: 1477-7274

Publication date: 8 August 2008

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(2008), "Ultra-short screening instruments for depression in primary care", Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Vol. 13 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/cgij.2008.24813cae.008

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Ultra-short screening instruments for depression in primary care

Article Type: Reviews of effectiveness From: Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3

A.J. Mitchell, and J.C. Coyne (2007), “Do ultra-short screening instruments accurately detect depression in primary care: a pooled analysis and meta-analysis of 22 studies”

British Journal of General PracticeVol. 57pp. 144-51

This review concluded that the sensitivity of single-question tests for detecting depression is unacceptable for use in primary care, and that two- or three-question tests have better sensitivity but higher false-positive rates. The review suffered from a number of limitations, particularly the failure to consider differences between the studies. These conclusions are therefore unlikely to be reliable.