The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) has been established by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to develop clinical practice guidelines that support primary care providers in delivering preventive health care.
The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) has released an updated guideline on screening for depression in primary care settings. Due to a lack of high quality evidence on the benefits and harms of screening, the new guideline recommends not routinely screening adults who show no apparent symptoms of depression– either patients at average risk, or those with characteristics that may increase their risk for depression. The guideline was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The new guideline updates prior guidelines by the CTFPHC from 2005. The recommendations can be found under Guidelines, and a decision support tool and a FAQ can be found under Tools.