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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2009

Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening

Description of Resource: 
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adolescents aged 12 to 18 years. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up. This is a B recommendation, which means the USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.

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Developed By: 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening [Internet]. 2016 Feb [cited 2017 Sept 8]. Available from: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/depression-in-children-and-adolescents-screening1?ds=1&s=depression%20screening