24 Aug'17

Google launch clinical depression questionnaire


Google have partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to create a questionnaire helping consumers identify if they have symptoms of depression, and the severity of these symptoms.


To access the PHQ-9 questionnaire, an individual needs to Google ‘clinical depression’, which will display the link ‘check if you are clinically depressed’ on the knowledge panel. You will then be asked nine questions, for example ‘Over the past two weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problem: Little interest or pleasure in doing things’.


On the Google blog, NAMI state, ‘We believe that awareness of depression can help empower and educate you, enabling quicker access to treatment.’


They also add the cautionary that ‘while this tool can help, it’s important to note that PHQ-9 is not meant to act as a singular tool for diagnosis.’


Ms Tekriwal’s, Google’s product manager, said to the Financial Times that ‘responses would not be recorded or stored, and Google would not target advertising at users based on their answers’.