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Screening for Depression in Adults

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.


This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for depression in adults.


Current Recommendation

Release Date: December 2009

  • The USPSTF recommends screening adults for depression when staff-assisted depression care supports are in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and followup.
    Grade: B recommendation.
  • 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.
    Grade: C recommendation.

Supporting Documents

Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 450 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Report (PDF File, 210 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 2.3 MB; PDF Help)
Clinical Summary (PDF File, 50 KB; PDF Help)

Update in Progress

In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of its draft Research Plans, Evidence Reports, and Recommendation Statements for public comment. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available

Supporting Documents

Research Plan

USPSTF members work with researchers from an independent Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a Research Plan that guides the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.

Research Plan Public Comment Period
Draft Research Plan for Public Comment March 27–April 23, 2014

Current as of April 2014


Internet Citation:

Screening for Depression in Adults, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsdepr.htm


 


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