Representing Depression

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Type Standard / Implementation Specification Standards Process Maturity Implementation Maturity Adoption Level Federally required Cost Test Tool Availability
Rating 1
Limitations, Dependencies, and Preconditions for Consideration Applicable Value Set(s) and Starter Set(s)
  • The Patient Health Questionnaire 2 item (PHQ-2) is a 2-question initial screen for symptoms of depression in the past 2 weeks.  It consists of the first 2 questions of the PHQ-9, which can determine if an individual meet criteria for a depressive disorder, and is best suited for this interoperability need.
  • See LOINC projects in the Interoperability Proving Ground.

PHQ-2 panel LOINC® code 55757-9

  PHQ-2 member codes

  PHQ-2 Q1 LOINC® 44250-9

  PHQ-2 Q2 LOINC® 44255-8

  PHQ-2 Total Score LOINC® 55758-7

PHQ-9 panel LOINC® code 44249-1


Since this LOINC code and…

Since this LOINC code and answer set has been developed (30 behavior and functional status variables suggested by the IOM report and adopted for requirement in the last MU NPRM), the adoption level could now be very high.