For many patients, their family doctor is the clinician with whom they feel the most comfortable, as well as their entry point into the health care system. This may include treatment for depression.
We recognize the crucial role primary care physicians play in the diagnosis and treatment of depression. With that in mind, we created the Aetna Depression in Primary Care Program.
This program offers:
Contact us to learn more
For questions about the program or to learn more, call us at 1-888–812–3862 or e-mail us.
Depression diagnostic aide/severity monitoring tool
The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) helps identify depressed patients and treat them successfully. Specifically developed for use in the primary care setting, this brief, nine-item depression assessment relies on data self-reported by the patient.
The nine items on the PHQ-9 come directly from the nine signs and symptoms of major depression specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV). The PHQ-9 has demonstrated usefulness and acceptable reliability, validity, sensitivity and specificity.
In addition to serving as the primary diagnostic tool, the PHQ-9 can be used to measure the severity of depression and monitor a patient’s response to treatment.
Using the PHQ-9
The MacArthur Initiative on Depression & Primary Care website provides more details about using the PHQ-9:
Resources for providers
Resources for your patients
Feel free to share these flyers and resources with your patients:
These websites may also be helpful: