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Parental Depression Screening for Pediatric Clinicians: An Implementation Manual

Parental Depression

Based on the Parental Well-Being Project at Dartmouth Medical School

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Table of Contents


Section One: Summary of the Parental Well-Being Project Experience

Section Two: Role of the Pediatric Provider in the Screening Process

Section Three: Implementation of Parental Depression Screening at the Practice Level

Section Four: Guide for Organizations to Assist Practices in Implementing Depression Screening




The Parental Well-Being Project could not have taken place without the practices of Clinicians Enhancing Child Health research network. We would like to thank all of the clinicians and staff for their participation and insightful input into implementation.

  • Exeter Pediatric Associates, Exeter, New Hampshire
  • Monadnock Pediatrics, Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Plymouth Pediatrics, Plymouth, New Hampshire
  • Upper Valley Pediatrics, Bradford, Vermont
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, Bedford, New Hampshire

We would like to thank our collaborator, Dr. Allen Dietrich of Dartmouth Medical School, for his efforts on this project. He played a key role in adapting adult depression approaches to the pediatric setting. In addition, we would like to thank the following practitioners who worked extensively with Drs. Olson and Dietrich in the planning and delivery of this project: Dr. Greg Prazar, Dr. James Hurley, and Dr. Viking Hedberg.


Full-page versions of the following tools referenced in the implementation manual are available below.

  1. PDPs Five A's
  2. Implementation: Prepare Your Practice, Part I
  3. Implementation: The Visit and Beyond, Part 2
  4. Guide to Tools for Training and Implementation
  5. Implementation: Prepare Your Community

Publication Details

Publication Date: April 1, 2007

A. Olson and C. Gaffney, Parental Depression Screening for Pediatric Clinicians: An Implementation Manual, The Commonwealth Fund, April 2007


Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School