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Depression and OASIS-C

The OASIS-C dataset will be asking if our patients are depressed. Although no tool is mandatory, the dataset includes a copy of the P2 tool as follows:

In using this tool, it seems that many of our patients will show signs and symptoms of depression. I asked Randy Still, a psychiatric nurse to help us address those patients who were depressed related to their situation and yet not qualified for a psych evaluation. Here is what he said:

Randy reminds us to always be alert to signs and symptoms of serious depression and to investigate suicide ideation if the patient seems seriously depressed.

Randy Stilly is the administrator of

Star Light Home Health, LLC

Longview, Texas

In addition to providing home health services in his area he also provides consultation to other agencies who want to offer psychiatric services. If you are interested in adding psychiatric services or improving those you offer, Randy can be reached at

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