New Directions recognizes the importance of identifying depression in the primary care setting. Depression is associated with adverse health behaviors such as unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and smoking. In addition, depression amplifies the physical symptoms associated with medical illnesses. There is a high prevalence of major depression in the medically ill, which further underscores the need for effective depression screening in the primary care setting.
The following tools are being provided to assist in the identification of depression in your patients.
Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)
Patient Health Questionnare (PHQ-9)
Additional screening tools >
American Psychiatric Assocation Practice Guidelines for The Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder
Quick Reference Guide for Treating Major Depressive Disorder
Depression and Older Adults: The National Institue of Health's National Institute on Aging
Additional educational articles >
Health Resource Library
You can help members access the resources they need by calling our Care Management Services or instructing them to call the number on the back of their insurance card.
Care Management Services
Coordination of Care
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder