PHQ-9 - Patient Health Questionnaire-9


The PHQ-9 is a 9-item self-report scale consisting of the depression-related items from the Patient Health Questionnaire.

Special Instructions

Once the patient has submitted it, you may preview it on the uninitialed documents tab in the EMR. However, do not initial it or it won't later be pulled into your Mobile Note.

Scores Produced

Total (0-27)


Initial assessment:

  • 1-4 Minimal depression
  • 5-9 Mild depression
  • 10-14 Moderate depression
  • 15-19 Moderately severe depression
  • 20-27 Severe depression


Spitzer R, Kroenke K, Williams J. Validation and utility of a self-report version of PRIME-MD: the PHQ Primary Care Study. Journal of the American Medical Association 1999; 282: 1737-1744.



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