Depression & Anxiety

The standard set

The ICHOM Standard Set for Depression & Anxiety is the result of hard work by a group of leading physicians, measurement experts, and patients. It represents the outcomes that matter most to patients with depression and/or anxiety. We urge all providers around the world to start measuring these outcomes to better understand how to improve the lives of their patients.

1 Recommended to track via the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9).

2 Includes symptoms of general anxiety, social phobia, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

3 Recommended to track via the Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7), and for those with specific anxiety disorders: the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN), the Mobility Inventory for Agoraphobia (MIA), the Impact of Event Scale - Revised for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (IES-R), the Panic Disorder Severity Scale (PDSS-SR), and the Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory (OCI-R).

4 Recommended to track via the World Health Organization Disability Assessment 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0).

5 Includes work status and disease-related absenteeism.


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Available materials:

  • Flyer – a brief overview of the most important outcomes for patients relating to this ICHOM Standard Set.
  • Reference Guide – a complete overview of the ICHOM Standard Set, including definitions for each measure and selected PROM instruments, time points for collection, and associated risk factors.
  • Data Dictionary – an index of the outcomes and case-mix variables included in the standard set, how to code them, and the information you need to collect when implementing the outcomes in practice.
  • Press Release
  • Published Articles
  • Additional materials

Team that developed this standard


Maria Kangas | Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University


Roberta Alvarenga Reis | Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul


Anne Crocker | Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University
Lucie Langford*
Alain Lesage | University of Montreal


Graciela Rojas | University of Chile


Sandra Nolte | Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Alexander Obbarius | Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Matthias Rose | Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Vikram Patel | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Toshi A. Furukawa | Kyoto University


Edwin de Beurs | Stichting Benchmark GGZ 
Paul Emmelkamp | University of Amsterdam


Erik Hedman | Karolinska Institutet


Doris M. Mwesigire | Makerere University

United Kingdom

David M. Clark | University of Oxford
David Smithson* | Anxiety UK

United States

Lee Baer | Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts General Hospital
Kelly Woolaway-Bickel | Department of the U.S. Army, Office of the Surgeon General
Paul A. Pilkonis | University of Pittsburgh
Harold A. Pincus | Columbia University
Cathy Sherbourne | The RAND Corporation

* Patient representative

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