Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Annie Imboden


Gastrointestinal, Mental health, PHQ-9, Depression, outpatient setting


The growing prevalence of depression in gastrointestinal patients is the reason why outpatient offices, gastrointestinal offices included, need to screen for mental health problems in their appointments. Many outpatient settings don't have a standard tool to screen for depression in patients, and therefore many patients are not being treated or diagnosed with depression in the process. The PHQ-9 has been shown to have strong validity and specificity in diagnosing depression in the outpatient setting.

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