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PHQ-9 BASED FOLLOW UP OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
Initial Response to Psychotherapy after Three Sessions over 4 - 6 weeks
Drop of ≥ 5 points from baseline
No treatment change needed.
Follow-up in four weeks
Drop of 2 - 4 points from baseline
Possibly no treatment change needed.
Share PHQ - 9 with psychotherapist.
Drop of 1 - point or no change or increase
If depression - specific psychological counselling (CBT, PST, IPT*) discuss with therapist, consider adding antidepressant.
For patients satisfied in other type of psychological counselling, consider starting antidepressant
For patients dissatisfied in other psychological counselling, review treatment options and preferences
Ottawa Depression Algorithm (do-wc-01)
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