Depression in adults (QS8)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'depression'
This NICE quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide patients and the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.
This quality standard covers the assessment and clinical management of persistent subthreshold depressive symptoms, or mild, moderate or severe depression in adults (including people with a chronic physical health problem).
Note: NICE is aware that there is a wider social context to depression that this quality standard does not directly address but which is acknowledged in the development of this standard. The focus of the standard is on the clinical assessment and management of depression and persistent subthreshold depressive symptoms.
- NICE clinical guideline: CG90 Depression in adults
- NICE clinical guideline: CG91 Depression with a chronic physical health problem
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: depression
This page was last updated: 10 March 2014
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