The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women, with the use of brief, self-report instruments like the Patient Health Questionnaire 9 that typically take less than 5 minutes to complete. It further underscores the need for screening to be linked with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up. The recommendation is silent, however, with respect to the ideal screening interval and the settings with highest potential yield. These are major shortcomings in our opinion.
Reynolds CF, Frank E. US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement on Screening for Depression in Adults: Not Good Enough. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(3):189–190. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.3281
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