Table 1.

Summary Recommendations

RecommendationLevel of EvidenceReferences
Adult patients should be routinely screened for depression in those practices that have systems in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and follow-up.B47
The EPDS is the most extensively studied postpartum depression screen, but no ideal postpartum depression screen has yet been identified, and additional studies with representative, adequately sized samples are recommended.B5, 69
Screening for postpartum depression can be performed at postpartum or well-child visits, with well-child visits providing more screening opportunities.B44 to 46, 49, 50, 51, 60 to 62