Screening Tools and Assessments

Screening Tools & Assessments

Athena recognizes the strain that COVID-19 social distancing has had on client engagement for those receiving services. With depression and anxiety being primary struggles that many people are dealing with in wake of COVID-19; we want to ensure your organization is equipped to support your clients through this difficult time.

As such, we have provided a list of published assessments that are particularly pertinent to what’s been happening around the world. We have compiled a list of various depression and anxiety scales as different organizations serving different populations will have different assessment needs. Additionally, Athena recognizes the role of self-compassion in mental well being and resiliency through these hard times, so we have also included in this list, mindful self-compassion scales. When selecting which assessments to use, please ensure to choose one appropriate for your clients and that any copyright restrictions are adhered to.

While these are not offered directly in Penelope, your organization may choose to recreate the assessment in Penelope or complete them with your clients as a paper form.

Standard Document Library

As of version 4.20, Penelope will have pre-built standard assessments available for purchase with an annual administrative cost. In addition to saving your organization time and money, these documents come with enhanced reporting view. There are a variety of assessments that will be available initially with measures that focus on a variety of personal and social metrics including: mental wellbeing, substance use, relationships and overall quality of life. These documents are the first released in what will be an ever-expanding document library.

Interested in getting started with standard smart forms? Speak to your Account Manager to find out how you can get started with a courtesy package of assessments including the PHQ9, K10, and then Rosenburg Self-esteem scale. Here is a list of the smart forms available to get us started:

  • Edinburgh Post-natal Depression Scale: Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbearing. The 10-question Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a valuable and efficient way of identifying patients at risk for “perinatal” depression. The EPDS is easy to administer and has proven to be an effective screening tool.
  • GAD7: This easy-to-use self-administered patient questionnaire is used as a screening tool and severity measure for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
  • ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience): An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.
  • AUDIT – Self Report: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is a 10-item screening tool developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to assess alcohol consumption, drinking behaviors, and alcohol-related problems.
  • PCL-5: PCL-5, PCL-5 with Criterion A, PCL-5 with LEC-5 and Criterion A): The PCL-5 is a 20-item self-report measure that assesses the 20 DSM-5 symptoms of PTSD. The PCL-5 has a variety of purposes, including: monitoring symptom change during and after treatment, screening individuals for PTSD, making a provisional PTSD diagnosis.
  • DASS21 & DASS: The Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale is a set of three self-report scales designed to measure the emotional states of depression, anxiety and stress.
  • SACS: The Substances and Choices Scale (SACS) is a brief screening and outcome measurement instrument for assessing and monitoring the use and impact of alcohol and drugs in young people.
  • WHOQOL-BREF: The WHOQOL-BREF instrument comprises 26 items, which measure the following broad domains: physical health, psychological health, social relationships, and environment. The WHOQOL-BREF is a shorter version of the original instrument that may be more convenient for use in large research studies or clinical trials.
  • GDS –Short: The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) is a screening test that is used to identify symptoms of depression in older adults.
  • MAST: This Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) screens patients for signs of alcoholism and stratifies the severity of alcoholism problems.
  • The Accountable Health Communities Health-Related Social Needs Screening Tool: The Accountable Health Communities Model is based on emerging evidence that addressing health-related social needs through enhanced clinical-community linkages can improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Unmet health-related social needs, such as food insecurity and inadequate or unstable housing, may increase the risk of developing chronic conditions, reduce an individual’s ability to manage these conditions, increase health care costs, and lead to avoidable health care utilization.
  • The Multidimensional Psychological Flexibility Inventory: The Multidimensional Psychological Flexibility Inventory was developed to assess the 6 dimensions of flexibility and 6 dimensions of inflexibility (comprising the Hexaflex model) that are targeted within Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • The Couples Satisfaction Index (4 versions included CSI-4, CSI-8, CSI-16, CSI-32): The Couples Satisfaction Index is a measure of relationship satisfaction. There are different versions of the scale to accommodate various research settings and needs.