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Depression Toolkit
  These toolkits were developed for the Practicing Physician Education in Geriatrics project supported by a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation through the American Geriatrics Society. The toolkits are intended to help physicians better understand the common 'Geriatric Syndromes' and contain educational materials, suggested guidelines, forms and tools for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.   American Geriatric SocietyThe John A. Hartford Foundation
The Depression Toolkit is used for the initial evaluation of a patient with suspected depression and gathers information important to differential diagnosis. Depression screens used are the Geriatric Depression Scale and the PHQ-9. Educational materials for patient/family education discuss critical management concepts.

Click on the title of an individual tool for a short description and download options. Or download the the complete toolkit by clicking on the links in the right-hand column.
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  Process Professional Tools Educational Materials  
  Identify   Depression Screen
PDF DOC files
  How Do I Know If I'm Depressed?
PDF DOC files

Patient Questionnaire:
PDF DOC files

  Evaluation of Depression
PDF DOC files
      PHQ-9 Nine System
PDF DOC files
  Treatment of Depression
PDF DOC files
      Medical History
PDF DOC files
  Diagnose and Treat   Depression Evaluation:
Initial Visit
PDF DOC files
  Mental Health Specialists
and Depression
PDF DOC files
      Geriatric Depression Scale
PDF DOC files
  Drug Treatment of
PDF DOC files
      PHQ-9 Flow Chart
PDF DOC files
  Taking Care of Yourself
PDF DOC files
    What If I Don't Fell Better?
PDF DOC files
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Training Materials (60 K)
Contains the additional materials not used in evaluation / management. These training materials describe the toolkit's rationale and illustrate its use (through the Case Study) in depression evaluation.
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The toolkits are designed for use by medical professionals and are not recommended for use by lay persons looking to diagnose or manage a medical problem.

However, if you are not a medical professional but are interested in the issues addressed in the toolkits, we encourage you to download the tools and discuss them with your doctor.

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