Editor's Choice

Dawn of the diagnostic age

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7424.0-g (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0-g
  1. Kamran Abbasi, deputy editor (kabbasi@bmj.com)

    Have you often been bothered by feeling down, depressed, or hopeless? Have you often had little interest or pleasure in doing things? We might ask our patients—or even ourselves—these two questions, but how useful might they be in diagnosing depression? Doctors have been asking these and other questions for many years; even the shortest screening questionnaires generally run to at least seven questions and take several minutes in a consultation. Bruce Arroll and colleagues hypothesised that asking these two questions during a consultation would offer a quick and reliable screen for depression in primary care (p 1144). When both …

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