Depression Screening & Follow-Up Case Example

Case Example: Effectively Screening Clients for Depression in North Carolina

SBHCs in North Carolina discovered that there were two important steps in effectively screening clients for depression. The first was to identify a standardized depression screening tool that both primary care and behavioral health providers could use. The second was to pinpoint a centralized area within the EHR where providers could quickly reference previous screening dates and outcomes (positive or negative) during any type of visit and then determine in real-time if they needed to conduct another screening. Once trained in using the screening tool and documenting results, providers could track positive and negative scores to better identify and follow-up with patients who screened positive for depression.