Screening for Depression in Adults

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In 2016, the United States Preventive Services Task Force updated its recommendations for screening for depression in adults.

  • The Task Force recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women.
  • The recommendation gets a B rating, meaning there is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate, or moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.
  • Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.

Related Multimedia

The JAMA Report: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Updates Recommendations for Depression Screening in Adults

Author Interview: Dr. Michael Pignone on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations for Depression Screening in Adults

Recent JAMA Network Depression Articles

Shared Decision Making for Antidepressants in Primary Care: A Cluster Randomized Trial

Annie LeBlanc and Coauthors

JAMA Internal Medicine | Original Investigation, November 2015

The Role of Decision Aids in Depression Care

Kurt Kroenke

JAMA Internal Medicine | Invited Commentary, November 2015

Antidepressant Response Trajectories and Associated Clinical Prognostic Factors Among Older Adults

Stephen F. Smagula and Coauthors

JAMA Psychiatry | Original Investigation, October 2015

Adjusting Antidepressant Quality Measures for Race and Ethnicity

Gregory E. Simon and Coauthors

JAMA Psychiatry | Research Letter, October 2015

Exercise for Depression

Gary Cooney and Coauthors

JAMA | JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis, June 18, 2014

Onset Timing, Thoughts of Self-harm, and Diagnoses in Postpartum Women With Screen-Positive Depression Findings

Katherine L. Wisner and Coauthors

JAMA Psychiatry | Original Investigation, May 2013

Older Adults With Severe, Treatment-Resistant Depression

Jürgen Unützer and Coauthors

JAMA | Care of the Aging Patient: From Evidence to Action, September 5, 2012

Read more about depression from The JAMA Network