Despite the frequent association between anxiety, depression and cardiovascular diseases (CVD), cardiovascular inpatients are not usually screened for these psychopathological conditions. To fill this gap, especially in hospital environments, there is the need of brief screening instruments that provide reliable information in a very short time. According to this need, the aim of this study was to examine the best cut-off points of two brief and easy-to-use questionnaires in a sample of Italian cardiovascular inpatients: the 2-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) and the 2-item Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-2).
Giuliani M, Gorini A, Barbieri S, Veglia F, Tremoli E. Examination of the best cut-off points of PHQ-2 and GAD-2 for detecting depression and anxiety in Italian cardiovascular inpatients. Psychol Health 2020 Oct 7;1-14. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2020.1830093