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THE PHQ-2 on OASIS-C: A New Resource for Identifying Geriatric Depression Among Home Health Patients

Sheeran, Thomas PhD, ME; Reilly, Catherine F. BA; Weinberger, Mark I. PhD; Bruce, Martha L. PhD, MPH; Pomerantz, Judith C. MS, PMHCNS-BC

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e3181cb560f
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Since Medicare first implemented the home care Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) in 1999, we have learned a great deal about depression among the homebound elderly. First, we know that major depression is a highly prevalent illness in home care. With depression rates at almost 15%, home care—along with nursing homes—has among the highest rates of any healthcare setting (Bruce et al., 2002; Parmelee et al., 1992; Jones et al., 2003).

Thomas Sheeran, PhD, ME, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, White Plains, New York.

Catherine F. Reilly, BA, works in Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, White Plains, New York.

Patrick J. Raue, PhD, works in Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, White Plains, NY.

Mark I. Weinberger, PhD, works in Weill Cornell Medical College, White Plains, NY.

Martha L. Bruce, PhD, MPH, works in Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College White Plains, New York.

Judith C. Pomerantz, MS, PMHCNS-BC, is a consultant for Weill Cornell Medical College, White Plains, NY.

Address for correspondence: Thomas Sheeran, Weill Cornell Medical College, 21 Bloomingdale Road, 8 South White Plains, NY, 10605 (tfs2@med.cornell.edu).

The authors of this article have no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

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