Screening and treatment for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement

Mary B. Barton, Ned Calonge, Diana B. Petitt, Thomas G. DeWitt, Allen Dietrich, Leon Gordis, Kimberly D. Gregory, Russell Harris, George Isham, Michael L. LeFevre, Rosanne Leipzig, Carol Loveland-Cherry, Lucy N. Marion, Virginia A. Moyer, Judith K. Ockene, George F. Sawaya, Barbara P. Yawn

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Abstract

DESCRIPTION. This is an update of the 2002 US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation on screening for child and adolescent major depressive disorder. METHODS. The US Preventive Services Task Force weighed the benefits and harms of screening and treatment for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents, incorporating new evidence addressing gaps in the 2002 recommendation statement. Evidence examined included the benefits and harms of screening, the accuracy of primary care-feasible screening tests, and the benefits and risks of treating depression by using psychotherapy and/or medications in patients aged 7 to 18 years. RECOMMENDATIONS. Screen adolescents (12-18 years of age) for major depressive disorder when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal), and follow-up (B recommendation). Evidence is insufficient to warrant a recommendation to screen children (7-11 years of age) for major depressive disorder (I statement).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1223-1228
Number of pages6
JournalPediatrics
Volume123
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Child and adolescent
  • Depression
  • Screening
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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