Depression in Adults: Screening
Release Date: December 2009
This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.
Summary of Recommendations
|Adults age 18 and over -- When staff-assisted depression care supports are in place|
The USPSTF recommends screening adults for depression when staff-assisted depression care supports are in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and follow-up.
|The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.|
|Adults age 18 and over -- When staff-assisted depression care supports are not in place|
The USPTF recommends against routinely screening adults for depression when staff-assisted depression care supports are not in place. There may be considerations that support screening for depression in an individual patient.
|The USPSTF recommends against routinely providing the service. There may be considerations that support providing the service in an individual patient. There is at least moderate certainty that the net benefit is small.|
This is an update to the May 2002 recommendations on screening for depression in adults. This recommendation was also updated in part for children and adolescents. Click here to view the new recommendation for children and adolescents, published in March 2009.
Related Information for Health Professionals
Internet Citation: Recommendation Summary. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. December 2009.