Increase the proportion of adults with depression who get treatment — MHMD‑05 Data Methodology and Measurement

About the National Data


Baseline: 64.8 percent of adults aged 18 years and over with MDEs received treatment in the past 12 months, as reported in 2018

Target: 69.5 percent

Number of adults aged 18 years and over with MDE within the past 12 months who received treatment.
Number of adults aged 18 years and over with MDE in the past 12 months.
Target-setting method
Percentage point improvement
Target-setting method details
Percentage point improvement from the baseline using Cohen's h effect size of 0.10.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were evaluated for this objective, but it was not possible to project a target because the trend was moving away from the desired direction. A percentage point improvement was calculated using Cohen's h effect size of 0.1. This method was used because it was a clinically meaningful improvement from the baseline.


Methodology notes

Receiving treatment for MDE is defined as an adult having received treatment/counseling if s/he saw or talked to a medical doctor or other professional for MDE in the past year. Persons answering affirmatively to any of the battery of questions in the NSDUH mental health service utilization module were considered to have received treatment.


Comparable HP2020 objective
Retained, which includes core objectives that are continuing from Healthy People 2020 with no change in measurement.

1. Effect size h=0.1 was chosen to correspond with 10% improvement from a baseline of 50%.