NICE guidelines evidence update – common mental health disorders

NICE has issued a new Evidence Update that focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 123 ‘Common mental health disorders: identification and pathways to care’  (2011).

“The Evidence Update on common mental health disorders includes commentary on 9 new articles relevant to NICE clinical guideline 123,  covering the following topics:

• Community-based rapid care intervention
• Validation and cut-off scores for diagnostic scales for common mental health disorders
• Case-finding in postnatal depression
• Identifying common mental health disorders in people with learning disabilities
• Identifying distress and depression in primary care
• Telephone counselling in people with acquired physical disabilities.

While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance. No new evidence was identified that would impact on the guidance.

Further details about NICE guidelines can be read here


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