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Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening

Release Date: March 2009

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

Recommendation Summary

Summary of Recommendations

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Adolescents, 12-18 years of age, in Clinical Practices with Systems of Care

The USPSTF recommends screening of adolescents (12-18 years of age) for major depressive disorder (MDD) when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal), 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.
Children, 7-11 years of age

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening of children (7-11 years of age).

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.

This recommendation updates the USPSTF's 2002 recommendation on Screening for Depression with respect to children and adolescents. Go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsaddepr.htm to view the updated recommendation for adults.

Go to the Clinical Considerations section for suggestions for practice when the evidence is insufficient.

Select for a Clinical Summary of this recommendation and suggestions for clinical practice.

Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

 
Current as of: September 2013

Internet Citation: Recommendation Summary. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2014.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Topic/recommendation-summary/depression-in-children-and-adolescents-screening

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