Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation

Depression

Depression, Adults

Grade: B Recommendation

The AAFP recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up. (2016)


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Depression, Children and Adolescents

Grade: B statement

The AAFP 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. (2009)

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Depression, Children and Adolescents

Grade: I statement

The AAFP concludes that the current evidence is insufficientto assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening of children (7-11 years of age). (2009)

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These recommendations are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient's family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These recommendations are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the recommendations must be implemented.