Wednesday, January 27, 2016

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinicians screen all adults for depression

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  recommends screening the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women, for depression. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up. This is a grade B recommendation.

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in adults and affects millions of Americans. It can affect a person’s quality of life and is associated with an increase in suicide rates, among other health problems. Pregnant women and new mothers are also affected by depression, and both mother and child can experience the effects of the illness.

The Task Force found that patients who were identified through depression screening and went on to be treated—with antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, or both—showed improvement in depression symptoms.

The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.

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