Patient Health Questionnaire for Adult and Pediatric Primary Care – “This is a 9-question tool that can help you begin to explore whether the feelings, thoughts or behaviors you may be experiencing could be depression. It can also help you monitor the severity of your depression and your response to treatment.” Legacy uses some similar questions in our own E-Screener.
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale – “The EPDS is a widely used screening tool to evaluate postpartum depression. The EPDS is also recommended for use throughout pregnancy. We routinely screen patients between 12-13 weeks and 26-28 weeks pregnant during scheduled prenatal visits and again during the postpartum period. Early identification of mental health care needs ensures that we are able to connect patients with resources in their community.”
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – “This questionnaire—called the GAD-7 screening tool—can help you find out if you might have an anxiety disorder that needs treatment. It calculates how many common symptoms you have and—based on your answers—suggests where you might be on a scale, from mild to severe anxiety. GAD-7 stands for “generalized anxiety disorder” and the 7 questions in the tool.”
Hunger Vitals Sign – “The Hunger Vital Sign, a 2-question food insecurity screening tool based on the US Household Food Security Scale. The Hunger Vital Sign measures families’ concerns about and access to food, much the way health care providers check other key vital signs, such as pulse and blood pressure. Healthcare providers, social service providers, community-based outreach workers, teachers, and anyone who works with young children can use the Hunger Vital Sign to identify young children and families who may need assistance.”
Intimate Partner Violence
Hurt, Insult, Threaten, and Scream (HITS) Tool – “Intimate partner violence (IPV), often called domestic violence, occurs when a current or former intimate partner, such as a boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse, harms, threatens to harm, or stalks his or her partner. To detect IPV …we use… a four-item screening tool called HITS (hurt, insult, threaten, scream). The tool asks questions that elicits information about how often a …patient’s… partner physically hurts, insults, threatens harms, and screams at him/her. It takes just minutes to administer.”