PHQ-2 Scale

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    Just wondering if anyone uses the PHQ-2 scale for depression and what time frame to you refer to when asking patients the questions. We generally ask have they had any symptoms in the last 2 weeks but as you know, most of these patients have just had a recent acute episode and I don't think their answers are accurately reflecting true depression. Any thoughts on how I should look at this differently or any other advice? Also, clients who are grieving a lost spouse, how do you differentiate between grieving and depression?
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    You could always use the phq-9 scale to delve a little further if you suspect the patient is depressed
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    I find it is easier to ask that question thru engaging the pt in general conversation on how they been feeling over the past 14 days,
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    Just wondering if anyone uses the PHQ-2 scale for depression and what time frame to you refer to when asking patients the questions. We generally ask have they had any symptoms in the last 2 weeks but as you know, most of these patients have just had a recent acute episode and I don't think their answers are accurately reflecting true depression. Any thoughts on how I should look at this differently or any other advice? Also, clients who are grieving a lost spouse, how do you differentiate between grieving and depression?


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