Despite the high prevalence of mental health and substance use problems, too many Americans go without treatment — in part because their disorders go undiagnosed. Regular screenings in primary care and other healthcare settings enables earlier identification of mental health and substance use disorders, which translates into earlier care. Screenings should be provided to people of all ages, even the young and the elderly.
- Depression Screening Tools
- Drug & Alcohol Use Screening Tools
- Bipolar Disorder Screening Tools
- Suicide Risk Screening Tools
- Anxiety Disorders Screening Tools
DSM - 5 Online Assessment Measures
For further clinical evaluation and research, the APA is offering a number of “emerging measures” in Section III of DSM-5. These patient assessment measures were developed to be administered at the initial patient interview and to monitor treatment progress, thus serving to advance the use of initial symptomatic status and patient reported outcome (PRO) information, as well as the use of “anchored” severity assessment instruments.
The Healthy Living Questionnaire
Please note that the first 8 questions are taken from the SF-8 Health Outcomes Questionnaire, and require a license to be administered.
The Duke Health Profile (Duke) is a 17-item standardized self-report instrument containing six health measures (physical, mental, social, general, perceived health, and self-esteem), and four dysfunction measures (anxiety, depression, pain, and disability).
Patient Satisfaction Survey, based upon the review of integration literature and input from demonstration site representatives, is a 9-item general satisfaction survey developed to improve consumer satisfaction with services and the model, as well as comfort levels with treatment and treatment setting.
The MacArthur Foundation Initiative on Depression and Primary Care has created a Depression Tool kit is intended to help primary care clinicians recognize and manage depression.
The Medicare Learning Network “Screening for Depression” Booklet is now available in hard copy format. This booklet is designed to provide education on screening for depression. It includes coverage, coding, billing, and payment information. To access a new or revised product available for order in hard copy format, go to MLN Products and click on “MLN Product Ordering Page” under “Related Links” at the bottom of the web page.
SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders for use in community settings. The SAMHSA SBIRT page also includes curricula, online resources, and publications designed to help implement SBIRT initiatives.
AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) is a 10-item questionnaire that screens for hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption. Developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the test correctly classifies 95% of people into either alcoholics or non-alcoholics. The AUDIT is particularly suitable for use in primary care settings and has been used with a variety of populations and cultural groups. It should be administered by a health professional or paraprofessional.
NIDAMED is a comprehensive Physicians' Outreach Initiative that gives medical professionals tools and resources to screen their patients for tobacco, alcohol, illicit drug, and nonmedical prescription drug use. Developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDAMED resources include an online screening tool, a companion quick reference guide, and a comprehensive resource guide for clinicians.
CAGE AID is a commonly used, 5- question tool used to screen for drug and alcohol use.
The CAGE Assessment 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.
AUDIT-C is a simple 3-question screen for hazardous or harmful drinking that can stand alone or be incorporated into general health history questionnaires.
DAST-10 (Drug Abuse Screen Test) is a 10-item, yes/no self-report instrument that has been condensed from the 28-item DAST and should take less than 8 minutes to complete. The DAST-10 was designed to provide a brief instrument for clinical screening and treatment evaluation and can be used with adults and older youth.
STABLE Resource Toolkit provides quality improvement resources to help clinicians identify and manage bipolar disorder.
The Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) includes 13 questions associated with bipolar disorder symptoms.
SAFE-T (Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage) was developed in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and Screening for Mental Health.
Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire (SBQ-R) assesses suicide-related thoughts and behavior.
GAD-7 (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) is a 7-question screening tool that identifies whether a complete assessment for anxiety is indicated.
PC–PTSD is a four-item screen designed for use in primary care and other medical settings to screen for post-traumatic stress disorder. It is currently used by the VA.