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A simple 20-question test can help primary care practitioners decide if a teen patient is depressed, suggests a recent study by Sharolyn Dihigo, RN, DNP, a nurse practitioner and clinical assistant professor in the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing. The study, which surveyed available evidence, looked at whether nurse practitioners and other primary care providers should include a mental health screening as part of well visits for teenage patients.

According to the study, published in the May edition of the online journal “Woman’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs,” a paper test called a Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children could quickly and reliably determine whether a practitioner should refer a teen patient to a mental health specialist.

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