Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder in Adults: Outpatient Mental Health Specialty Setting Key Points Card

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Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder in Adults: Outpatient Mental Health Specialty Setting Key Points Card

Description

This key points card on outpatient mental health care is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in Adults, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD). The guideline is intended to identify the critical decision points in management of patients with depressive conditions, such as assessment, empirically supported psychotherapies and pharmacological therapies, non-MDD conditions deserving consultation, patient education, and followup treatment.

This key points card addresses the following topics:

  • Evaluating for serious immediate needs
  • Assessing for MDD
  • Providing education, discussing treatment options, and jointly choosing therapy
  • Providing therapy as planned with patient and interdisciplinary team
  • Expected remission around 12 weeks after initiation of therapy

Developer:

Department of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Health Administration

Funding Sources:

Department of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Health Administration

History

Release Date: 2001
Original Summary: February 2005
Last Updated: 04/11/08

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