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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening adults for depression in clinical practices that have systems in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and followup.
The USPSTF concludes the evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine screening of children or adolescents for depression.
The USPSTF Recommendations and Rationale—as well as the a Summary of Evidence, a press release, and a fact sheet—are available below:
Current as of May 2002
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Depression. May 2002. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/3rduspstf/depression/