US Preventative Services Task Force:  Screen ALL Adults for Depression
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Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:44 AM

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force plans to recommend that all adults should be screened for depression at routine clinic visits, irrespective of whether the healthcare provider is able to provide depression care or support.

Observations:  It would seem that the medical profession desires that “whether the healthcare provider is able to provide depression care or support” that screening adults for depression should become a priority.

Potential actions:

  • Consider adding a screening assessment for depression to your clinical evaluation procedures.

  • Be aware of signs and symptoms of depression and be prepared to assist the patient in receiving the appropriate treatment(s).

  • Inform the public that current recommendations are for all healthcare providers to screen for depression  – regardless of scope.

 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) plans to recommend that all adults should be screened for depression at routine clinic visits, irrespective of whether the healthcare provider is able to provide depression care or support.

The draft recommendation carries a "B" grade indicating "high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.”

Public comment on the draft may be submitted through August 24, 2015.

Created in 1984, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to make evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.

Task Force members come from the fields of preventive medicine and primary care, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, and nursing.


Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/Depression/52810