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[Editorial] Screening for perinatal depression: a missed opportunity

All pregnant and post-partum women should be routinely screened for depression, according to a new statement from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). This controversial recommendation is part of the USPSTF’s updated 2016 guidance recommending routine screening for depression in adults, published on Jan 26, which for the first time has been expanded to include information related to pregnant and post-partum women. The task force’s proposals were widely welcomed by the mainstream media—but given the limited evidence in this area, are such bold recommendations warranted?

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