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Doctors should screen Americans under 65 for anxiety, draft guidelines say

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 26 September 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2317
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Americans under 65 should be screened for anxiety, according to draft guidelines published by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on 20 September.1

The task force previously recommended screening all adults, including those who are pregnant and postpartum, for depression, and screening adolescents aged 8 to 18 for anxiety. The task force said there wasn’t enough evidence to recommend for or against screening all adults for suicide risk or for screening people over 65 for anxiety.

It stressed that the recommendations only applied to people who do not have recognised signs or symptoms of anxiety or depression.

The recommendations are open for public comment until 17 October. They will then be finalised. …

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