VitalSigns6 Depression: Screening, Identification, and Treatment in Primary Care Settings (RP1410D)

Denton, TX US
May 12, 2015

In a majority of primary care clinics, physicians have time constraints that limit the patient's visits thus often focusing on the chief complaint.  By providing a screening tool that is incorporated into the vital assessment process, screening for depression can easily be adapted into the workflow.  Screening for depression has a CPT code that is reimbursable by CMS and commercial insurance.

This training will provide the content and competence for primary care providers to  feel confident in their ability to screen for and identify patients with depression.

Additionally, this training will provide instructions on how to treat depression using a measurement based approach based on how the patient responds to questions on various assessments addressing symptom severity, medication compliance, and overall well-being.

Target Audience

This program is designed for physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals that work in a primary care setting

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to: 

  • Describe depression as a chronic disease and how it contributes to the overall disease process. 
  • Explain the importance of screening for depression and understand why primary care is the optimal setting for screening for depression. 
  • Discuss screening tools for depression and describe the PHQ, GAD-7, and other tools used in measurement based care.
  • Administer the MBC procedures to enhance outcomes.
  • Evaluate how the assessment scores help determine treatment decisions at critical decision points.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA
  • 2.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/12/2015 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
05/12/2015 - 2:00pm CDT
Denton South Center
3537 S. I-35 East
Suite 210
Denton, TX 76201
United States


Madhukar H. Trivedi, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Mood disorders Research Program and Clinic,
Chief, Division of Mood Disorders
Betty Jo Hay Distinguished Chair in Mental Health
Director, Depression Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA
  • 2.00 Attendance


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