Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders (PRIME - MD)


Barriers Identified
Mental Health - specifically mood, anxiety, alcohol, and eating disorders

Number and Types of Questions
Twenty-six 'yes' or 'no' questions and a 12-page clinical evaluation guide for physicians

Target Population
Not available

Methodological Information
The validity of the diagnoses was compared to that of mental health professionals who interviewed the same patients; the accuracy rate was 88 percent. Prevalence of psychiatric disorders detected by the PRIME-MD in the 1,000 patients was as follows: any mood disorder, 26 percent; any anxiety disorder 18 percent; any eating disorder, three percent; and probable alcohol abuse/dependence, five percent.12

The patient completes the one-page questionnaire prior to meeting with the clinician. The clinician uses the 12-page clinical evaluation guide to follow up on the patient's positive responses to the patient questionnaire.


Source or Publisher
Pfizer Inc.
235 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017-5755

State(s) Believed to be Using
New Jersey

12  Baldwin, Joyce and Staff. Questionnaire Helps Primary Care Physicians Detect Mental Disorders. Psychiatric Times, Vol. XII, Issue 2, February 1995.

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