Quality standard

Quality statements

Quality statements

Statement 1 Adults with suspected depression have a comprehensive assessment. [2011, updated 2023]

Statement 2 Adults with a new episode of depression have a discussion with their healthcare professional about the full range of treatment options. [new 2023]

Statement 3 Adults with depression who are at a higher risk of relapse have relapse prevention interventions. [2011, updated 2023]

Statement 4 Adults with depression who are stopping antidepressant medication have the dose reduced in stages. [new 2023]

Statement 5 Adults from minority ethnic backgrounds with depression are supported to access mental health services. [new 2023]

In 2023, this quality standard was updated and statements prioritised in 2023 were updated (2011, updated 2023) or replaced (new 2023). For more information, see update information.

The previous version of the quality standard for depression in adults is available as a pdf.