What measurement means for depression care

Depression is more than feeling sad or "blue" and can interfere with daily life. Depression is a treatable medical condition and most people who seek treatment can get better.

Your doctor tracks your progress in treatment for depression by using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) tool. This nine-question survey helps your doctor understand the problems you are having and how you are feeling. Your PHQ-9 score will help the doctor decide what treatment options may work best for you. Over time, your score can also show how well your treatment is working.

The statewide rate of PHQ-9 use by all reporting medical groups is 74%. This means 74 of 100 patients with depression were asked by their clinics to respond to the PHQ-9 survey.

High rates of asking patients to complete the PHQ-9 survey can be a sign of strong clinic performance in depression care. It’s important to know that small differences in percentages don’t necessarily reflect the quality of care you’ll receive with a certain medical group or clinic. It is more important to note the large differences between providers, and speak with your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

How we calculate the measure

We measure how well medical groups perform with using the PHQ-9 survey to see if patients with depression are getting better. This is known as “PHQ-9 use”. This measure is based on the percent of patient’s age 18 and older with major depression or dysthymia with a completed PHQ-9. Your doctor should ask you to complete the PHQ-9 during each visit to see how well your treatment is working. 

This report is based on services that patients received between September 1 and December 31, 2018. The information is collected under the measure name Depression: Use of the PHQ-9.

related measures

This measure is part of a larger group of related measures on Depression. Visit the measures below to see more medical group and clinic ratings on Depression:

Depression: Feel Better (6 Months)  

Depression: Feel Better (12 Months)  

Depression: Improved Symptoms (6 Months)  

Depression: Improved Symptoms (12 Months)  

Depression: Follow Up (6 Months)  

Depression: Follow Up (12 Months)