Resources: Learning

How to Screen Older Adults for Depression

  • Resource Type: Toolkit, Video
  • Posted On: July 19, 2016
  • Audience(s): Academics, Educators, Leaders and managers

Education Toolkit: How to Screen Older Adults for Depression using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)

This toolkit is designed as a health professions educational resource for educators seeking to teach healthcare staff and students on using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) to screen older adults for depression in long-term care.  The content of this education places specific emphasis on how to recognize signs and symptoms of depression, how depression is different from dementia, when and how to screen for depression using the PHQ-2, strategies to promote safety and wellness in persons with depression. Experiential learning techniques include the use of video simulations (found in Education Toolkit Part 2-3) for participants to practice and receive feedback using the screening forms. Slides, handouts and evaluation materials are also included for adaptation and use by the educator.

How to Screen Older Adults for Depression (Toolkit Part 1 of 3)

Screening forms, slides, handouts, and evaluation materials.

How to Screen Older Adults for Depression (Toolkit Part 2 of 3)

In video Simulation 1 you will meet Mr. Miller, a resident at a long-term care home, and two staff members, a PSW and a nurse. The PSW has expressed to the nurse that “he has not been himself lately,” which has triggered further assessment. Please watch and follow the case while scoring the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ).

How to Screen Older Adults for Depression (Toolkit Part 3 of 3)

Two months have passed since Video Simulation 2, and the PSW notifies the nurse that Mr. Miller only “ate half of his breakfast,” he is not answering her questions, or taking care of his plants. These concerns have triggered further assessment. Please watch and follow the case while scoring the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ).

Your Feedback Matters

Your feedback is valued and allows us to improve our resources available to those working and living in long-term care. Please take a minute to fill out the following form:

Resource Feedback Form

Related Resources

About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and hosted at Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère, and the Schelgel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

  • Baycrest logo

    Baycrest Health Sciences is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging.

    Visit Baycrest

  • Bruyère logo

    Bruyère is an academic organization excelling in the provision of evidence-based health care and services for seniors, vulnerable populations and people with medically complex needs.

    Visit Bruyère

  • RIA

    The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is an innovation catalyst. By advancing research, education and practice, the RIA enhances quality of life and care for older adults everywhere.

    Visit RIA