Google announced that it will provide internet users with a validated mental health screening tool. The screening tool, PHQ-9, will be available to internet users who are searching online for information about depression.
PHQ-9, which stands for “Patient Health Questionnaire-9,” will ask internet users nine assessment questions about themselves. Consumers who complete the PHQ-9 receive a score that indicates how severe their depressions symptoms are. Upon completion, consumers are encouraged to take their questionnaire results to their clinical professional for discussion, analysis, and possible diagnosis and treatment. Research has shown that the PHQ-9 is effective at identifying people who are at risk of having depression.
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This was reported by Financial Times on August 23, 2017.
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