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MDS: Optional Screening Questions for Behavioral Health Issues

Monday, February 28, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
In partnership with the Behavioral Health Advisory Forum, NAQC has developed four optional questions to help quitlines assess for behavioral health issues (mental or emotional health issues).These will be optional questions, and it is not expected that any or all of them would be adopted by quitlines unless it meets the needs of each individual quitline. They have been developed as standardized questions so that if a quitline determines it is in its own best interest to adopt one or more of them, it can be reasonably assured that other quitlines also interested in adopting the questions will be using very similar, if not identical, language. To the extent possible these questions would be integrated into screening sections regarding other medical or chronic care conditions.

You can view the new optional questions on the MDS website page.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessie Saul, Director of Research, at

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