Depression and Suicide Risk in Adults: Screening

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Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Last Reviewed: June 2023

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for depression in all adults without a diagnosed mental health disorder or recognizable signs or symptoms of depression or suicide risk, including pregnant and postpartum people and adults age 65 years and older. More evidence is needed to determine the optimal intervals and timing for depression screening.

USPSTF found that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for suicide risk in adults, and to determine whether and how screening for suicide risk can improve health outcomes.

There is also a need for further research to make sure that all patients receive depression screening equitably, regardless of sex, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2023). Depression and Suicide Risk in Adults: Screening. Retrieved from