Screening for Depression
Screening GuidelinesThe US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that primary care doctors screen their adult patients for depression if they have a system in place to support these patients (such as case management or mental health treatment). There are a number of different questionnaires to screen for depression. One example of screening is using two simple questions:
- Over the past two weeks, have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless?
- Over the past two weeks, have you felt little interest or pleasure in doing things?
Depression. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 19, 2012. Accessed July 30, 2012.
Screening for depression in adults. US Preventative Services Task Force website. Available at: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf09/adultdepression/addeprrs.htm. Published December 2009. Accessed July 31, 2012.
Screening for depression in children and adolescents. US Preventative Services Task Force website. Available at: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspschdepr.htm. Published March 2009. Accessed September 4, 2013
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014