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    JAMA Editors Invite Your Comments
    JAMA Editors | JAMA and AMA
    JAMA is delighted to be able to publish US Preventive Services Task Force reports, beginning with this Screening for Depression statement in this issue. We welcome your responses to the recommendation.
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    Special Communication
    USPSTF Recommendation Statement
    January 26, 2016

    Screening for Depression in Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

    Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH1,2; and the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
    Author Affiliations
    • 1Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
    • 2James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, New York
    JAMA. 2016;315(4):380-387. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.18392

    Description  Update of the 2009 US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for depression in adults.

    Methods  The USPSTF reviewed the evidence on the benefits and harms of screening for depression in adult populations, including older adults and pregnant and postpartum women; the accuracy of depression screening instruments; and the benefits and harms of depression treatment in these populations.

    Population  This recommendation applies to adults 18 years and older.

    Recommendation  The USPSTF 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. (B recommendation)