What should I do if I come across a PHQ-9 score with a decimal point such as 2.5? Should I leave the score blank or enter the score as a 2? 

In this situation, it would be best to exclude this score from the data submission file since it is a decimal score and not a whole number. 

The scoring of the tool is meant to only be whole scores so to have a decimal score, invalidates the tool. I would communicate to staff that if it is noticed that a patient circled in between two numbers or did anything else to indicate a decimal, that the patient should be encouraged to select a whole number.
Creation date: 10/30/2018 12:15 PM      Updated: 7/10/2020 10:05 AM
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