Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for Care Partners

In order for older adults to be enrolled in the Care Partners project, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 65 years or older
  • PHQ-9 score of 10 or greater (see more details on the PHQ-9 under clinical resources section here
  • Screen negative for bipolar depression and psychosis (see below)
  • Screen negative for cognitive impairment (below)

Bipolar/Psychosis Screening Questions 

These 3 Bipolar/Psychosis Screening Questions should be administered before enrolling a patient into the Care Partners program. An answer of 'yes' to any of the 3 questions makes the patient ineligible for the program.

Six-Item Cognitive Screener to identify cognitive impairment

This Six-Item Cognitive Screener was developed to identify impairment among potential subjects for clinical research and was used in the original IMPACT Trial to screen out older adults with moderately severe to severe cognitive impairment who would not be able to benefit from Collaborative Care for depression. The same screener will be used in the Care Partners project. Older adults scoring 3 or more will not be eligible to participate in the Care Partners project.