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Release Date: May 2002
This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for depression.
|This recommendation has been updated in two parts: for adults, and for children and adolescents.
Go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsaddepr.htm to view the new recommendation for adults, published in December 2009.
Go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspschdepr.htm to view the new recommendation for children and adolescents, published in March 2009.
Summary of Recommendations
- 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.
Grade: B Recommendation.
- The USPSTF concludes the evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine screening of children or adolescents for depression.
Grade: I Statement.
Screening for Depression, May 2002
Recommendations and Rationale (PDF File, 77 KB; PDF Help)
Summary of the Evidence (PDF File, 136 KB; PDF Help)
Systematic Evidence Review (PDF File, 1.5 MB; PDF Help)
Current as of December 2009
Screening for Depression, Topic Page. December 2009. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsdepr.htm