NCHR Comments on Screening for Depression and Suicide Risk in Children and Adolescents

May 9, 2022. The currently available evidence on the accuracy of screening tools as well as the potential benefits and harms associated with screening and treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD) and suicide risk are insufficient. For this reason, we agree with the USPSTF “I” grade recommendation for MDD screening in asymptomatic children age 11 years or younger and the “I” grade recommendation for screening for suicide risk in asymptomatic children and adolescents of all ages.

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NCHR Comments on Screening for Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

May 9, 2022. We agree with USPSTF’s “I” grade recommendation regarding anxiety screening for children 7 years or younger, since there is not sufficient evidence on the benefits and harms of screening for this age group, or to determine the impact of treatments for anxiety in children in this age group. However, regarding screening for anxiety in asymptomatic children between the ages of 8 and 18, we do not agree with USPSTF’s “B” grade recommendation, because of the lack of direct evidence to support USPSTF’s recommendation. 

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