Year: 1995 Source: JAMA, v.273, no.24, (June 28, 1995), p.1943-1944 SIEC No: 19970724

This report tests the application of using a telephone & touch tone responses to assess symptoms of depression. A 20 question, multiple choice depression scale was completed by 81% of 1812 callers over a 2 week period. 25.3% of callers met the criteria for “moderate or marked” depression & another 12.1% met the criteria for “severe or extreme” depression. Concludes that low-cost technology provides a fully automated, widely accessible, & confidential method of screening for mental illness.