Mackner LM, Whitaker BN, Maddux MH, Thompson S, Hughes-Reid C, Drovetta M, Reed-Knight B. Depression Screening in Pediatric IBD Clinics: Recommendations and a Toolkit for Implementation. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2019

The objective of this article is to establish clinical guidelines for depression screening in youth diagnosed with IBD and to provide resources for implementation. The psychosocial screening task force group comprised of psychologists and social workers in the ImproveCareNow (ICN) learning health system reviewed research and clinical guidelines in other fields, and consulted with physicians, nurses, other psychosocial professionals, patients with IBD, and parents of children with IBD in ICN. It is recommended that adolescents with IBD ages 12 and older be screened for depression annually. Additional practical recommendations for implementation, triage, and treatment within the pediatric gastroenterology clinic are also provided.

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