Depression is a highly common behavioral health condition. Screening for Depression within the primary care setting ensures accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and proper follow-up care.
The PHQ-9 is available for free and in multiple languages. Another advantage of this tool is that it helps the evaluator determine a patient’s depression severity and makes treatment recommendations in accordance with the severity of symptoms. Optum has developed a PHQ-9 scoring guide to help providers determine best treatment options for patients based on the severity of their symptoms.
It should be noted that if a patient is diagnosed with a Depressive Disorder AND is prescribed anti-depressants then Antidepressant Medication Management protocols should be followed.
Talking to your Patients about Depression:
Discussing complex emotional and behavioral needs can be difficult. To support you, Optum has posted a variety of video training materials on the Psych Hub Video Library for you:
Assessing for Suicidality:
Optum supports members by providing a variety of treatment resources. These include:
- Complex Case Management Program
- Access to behavioral health providers within a member’s local community or via virtual visits appointments. For more information please view this flyer detailing how to access providers
- Live and Work Well - our member centric resource that provides educational materials, access to resources, and treatment options