Year: 1990 Source: American Family Physician, v.41, no.3, (March 1990), p.897-904 SIEC No: 19900876

Despite the prevalence of depression, it is consistently underdiagnosed. Thus, many depressed patients fail to receive adequate treatment & may experience serious consequences, including suicide. Various screening instruments have been developed to identify depression in patients whose symptoms might go unrecognized. Despite the risks associated with screening, many benefits may result. These include increased recognition of depression, alteration of treatment plans & improved clinical outcome.