Observation, impressions most often used to detect teen depression

06/5/2013 | InternalMedicineNews.com (free registration)

A survey of 537 pediatricians, family physicians and nurse practitioners in Minnesota revealed that 80% of them use clinical observation or overall impressions in screening teens for depressive symptoms. Half of the respondents said they used a standardized written screening tool, while 40% use a depression screening item included in a comprehensive behavioral screening method. The findings were presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.

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