HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
USPSTF urges primary care doctors to screen all adults for depression

PHILADELPHIA -- (May 21, 2002) The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) today recommended that doctors screen all adult patients for depression. At the same time, the task force noted that doctors should have systems in place to support accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and follow-up of depressed patients. The new recommendations and a background article with a systematic review of the evidence are published in the May 21, 2002, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

These recommendations are a change from the 1996 USPSTF recommendations that found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against regular formal screening for depression. Since then, the task force reviewed new evidence from randomized trials that tested various screening tools and types of interventions for depression.

Five percent to nine percent of adult patients in primary care settings suffer from depression, the task force found, and up to 50 percent of these cases go undetected and therefore, untreated. Those at increased risk for depression include women, those with a family history of depression, the unemployed, and those with chronic disease. Depression increases health care utilization and costs $17 billion in lost workdays each year. But depression can be treated with counseling, medications or both.

The task force does not recommend one screening tool over another, did not find sufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening of children or adolescents for depression, and found no evidence on how frequently depression screening should occur.


'"/>

Contact: Susan Anderson
sanderson@mail.acponline.org
215-351-2653
American College of Physicians
20-May-2002


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. AHA urges earlier diagnoses, referrals for PCI in women
2. Editorial urges black-box warning for Bextra and Celebrex
3. Report urges Congress to increase medical research
4. Medical school leadership urges race-based consideration
5. Drug prescribing by nurses in the UK - Editor of the Lancet urges caution
6. UNC-RTI study supports aspirin to cut heart attacks, federal task force urges doctors to discuss with patients
7. Report in Circulation urges a closer look at cardiotoxicity of cancer drug trastuzumab (Herceptin)
8. HIV testing should be routine part of primary health care for sexually active
9. Balance and better interactions between primary-care and specialist physicians improve US health
10. Finances, not having a dentist are primary barriers to seniors receiving needed dental care
11. Communication between primary-care physicians and patients can reduce medication-related problems

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to ... a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from ... common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent freestanding emergency ... its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce Dr. Ogunleye ... M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , Dr. Ogunleye ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a ... area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a matter of ... too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who set the ... Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set low expectations ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex ... as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and ... a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... drugs, announced today that it was added to the ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes ... important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the function of ... patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to keep the ... balance. Increasing number of ESRD patients & ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: ... 510(k) clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay ... sepsis or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche is ... a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and ... with bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood can ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: