Adult Screening Tools


The following is a list of questionnaires and rating scales for use in the primary care office. They are evidence-based, user-friendly, and available as free downloads. They are organized by condition and the table indicates whether the instrument is useful for screening, diagnosis, and/or monitoring treatment.
Screening Diagnosis Tracking
General Psychosocial Screen
  Healthy Living Questionnaire X
Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale Symptom Checklist X
Diagnostic Interview tool for Adult ADHD (lengthy) X
Autism Spectrum Quotient (online only) for Adults X
Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) downloadable tests for Child, Adolescent and Adult
Kessler (K10+) SELF Administered Distress Screen
Kessler (K10+) SELF Administered Distress Screen (SPANISH)
Kessler (K10+) Distress Screen INTERVIEWER Administered
GAD-7  X
GAD 7 (Spanish) X
GAD-7 Scoring
Bipolar disorder
Mood Disorder Questionnaire X
Stable Resource Toolkit
Beck Depression Inventory I X
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS): English or Spanish 

The Family Four-Month Visit: A Multi-Generational and Multi-Caregiver Approach to Whole Family Health (fantastic article on screening dads and other caregivers for postpartum depression)

Geriatric Depression Scale (short form)
PHQ-9 (Spanish) X X
PCP Tool Kit for mental health in primary care
Eating Disorders
Eating Attitude Test X
Functional Assessment
Mini-Mental State Exam with scoring/guide for PCP X
General Medical  
Body Mass Index X X
Medication Side Effects  
Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS; clinician) X X
Barnes Akathisia Scale (self) X
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder  
OCD Screening Tool for PCP’s X
OCD Screening Quiz (online only) X
Yale-Brown OCD Scale for Adults X
Personality Disorder (very few screening tools freely available)
  Borderline Personality D/O Screening Tool (MacLean)      
  Psymed Online Personality Disorder tests (online only, scroll to “personality tests”)      
Personality Disorders: Identification, Assessment & Interventions (lengthy research article with good info!)      
Prodromal Questionnaire Brief (PQ-B)
Psychosis Test (Mental Health America), online only
Substance Abuse  
SBIRT for the PCP office (from workflows, to screening tools, to instruction videos, to billing and documentation)
SBIRT info for Medicare/Medicaid in PCP offices (this is not the screening tool, is info on billing and how to implement SBIRT)
Suicide Risk Assessment & Self-Harm
asQ Suicide Risk Screening Tool
asQ Suicide Risk Screening Tool (Spanish)
C-SSRS for Adults (with training links for PCP)
C-SSRS for Adults (Spanish)
C-SSRS training on YouTube Part 1
C-SSRS training on YouTube Part 2
Columbia Protocol for Communities and Healthcare (C-SSRS)
Non-Suicidal Self Injury Assessment Tool (Brief) X
Non-Suicidal Self Injury Assessment Tool (Full version) X
Trauma (PTSD)
Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire
ACE questionnaire with Resilience Score and ways to build resilience
Life Event Checklist (LEC)
Primary Care PTSD Screen (PC-PTSD)
PTSD Checklist-Civilian Version (PCL-C)
TIP on Trauma Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services


The above screening tools have been gathered from a variety of sources that specialize in education, mental health diagnosis/treatment & research studies.