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Table 1 Characteristics of CTFPHC, UKNSC, and USPSTF guidelines that provide recommendations for questionnaire-based screening

From: Consistency and sources of divergence in recommendations on screening with questionnaires for presently experienced health problems or symptoms: a comparison of recommendations from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, UK National Screening Committee, and US Preventive Services Task Force

Guideline Organization Year Condition Target population for recommendation Recommendation
Alcohol Misuse and Illicit Drug Use
 UKNSC 2011 Alcohol misuse Adults Screening program not recommended
 USPSTF 2013 Alcohol misuse Adults Recommends offering the service (B Grade)
 USPSTF 2013 Alcohol misuse Adolescents aged 12–17 years Insufficient evidence to assess balance of benefits and harms (I Grade)
 USPSTF 2008 Illicit drug use Adults Insufficient evidence to assess balance of benefits and harms (I Grade)
Depression and Psychiatric Illness
 CTFPHC 2013 Depression Adults not at increased risk Weak recommendation against
 CTFPHC 2013 Depression Adults who may be at increased risk Weak recommendation against
 UKNSC 2011 Depression Women in postnatal period Screening program not recommended
 UKNSC 2015 Depression Adults Screening program not recommended
 USPSTF 2016 Depression Adults, including pregnant and postpartum women Recommends offering the service (B Grade)
 USPSTF 2016 Depression Adolescents aged 12–17 years Recommends offering the service (B Grade)
 USPSTF 2016 Depression Children aged 11 years or younger Insufficient evidence to assess balance of benefits and harms (I Grade)
 UKNSC 2006 Psychiatric illness Adults Screening program not recommended
Developmental Delay, Behavioral Problems, and Speech and Language Delay, Autism
 UKNSC 2005 Developmental and behavioral problems Children Screening program not recommended
 CTFPHC 2016 Developmental delay Children aged 1–4 years Strong recommendation against
 USPSTF 2015 Speech and language delay and disorders Children aged 5 years or younger Insufficient evidence to assess balance of benefits and harms (I Grade)
 UKNSC 2012 Autism spectrum disorder Children below age 5 Screening program not recommended
 USPSTF 2016 Autism spectrum disorder Children aged 18–30 months Insufficient evidence to assess balance of benefits and harms (I Grade)
Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults
 UKNSC 2006 Domestic violence Pregnant women Screening program not recommended
 UKNSC 2013 Domestic violence Adult women Screening program not recommended
 USPSTF 2013 Intimate partner violence Adult women of childbearing age Recommends offering the service (B Grade)
 USPSTF 2013 Abuse and neglect of elderly and vulnerable adults Elderly and vulnerable adults (physical or mental) Insufficient evidence to assess balance of benefits and harms (I Grade)
Suicide Risk
 USPSTF 2014 Suicide risk Adolescents, adults, and older adults without an identified psychiatric disorder Insufficient evidence to assess balance of benefits and harms (I Grade)
  1. CTFPHC Canadian Task Force on Preventive Healthcare, UKNSC United Kingdom National Screening Committee, USPSTF United States Preventive Services Task Force