Patient Health Questionnaire 9-item scale BSL (PHQ-9 BSL)

The PHQ-9 is used to screen for and monitor the severity of depression and response to treatment.

The validated BSL version has been endorsed by the originators (Spitzer, Kroenke, and Williams).


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The academic articles referring to its validation are available here.

  • Rogers, K.D., Young, A., Lovell, K., Campbell, M., Scott, P.R. and Kendal, S. (2013). The British Sign Language Versions of the Patient Health Questionnaire, the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-Item Scale, and the Work and Social Adjustment Scale. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 18(1), 110-122. Get access.
  • Belk, R. , Pilling, M., Rogers, K., Lovell, K., Young, A. (2016). The theoretical and practical determination of clinical cut-offs for the British Sign Language versions of PHQ-9 and GAD-7. BMC Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-1078-0.

A guide on how to use and score the PHQ-9 BSL and the GAD-7 BSL is available here.

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