Depression (2013)

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    Summary of recommendations for clinicians and policy-makers

    Recommendations on screening for depression are provided for adults 18 years of age or older who present at a primary care setting with no apparent symptoms of depression. These recommendations do not apply to people with known depression, with a history of depression or who are receiving treatment for depression.


    Recommendations for Adults

    • For adults at average risk of depression 1, we recommend not routinely screening for depression.
      (Weak recommendation; very-low-quality evidence)
    • For adults in subgroups of the population who may be at increased risk of depression2, we recommend not routinely screening for depression3.
      (Weak recommendation; very-low-quality evidence)