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Depression in children and young people 


This guideline has been developed to advise on the identification and management of depression in children and young people in primary, community and secondary care.

The guideline recommendations have been developed by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, carers, and guideline methodologists after careful consideration of the best available evidence. It is intended that the guidelines will be useful to clinicians and service commissioners in providing and planning high-quality care for children and young people with depression while also emphasising the importance of the experience of care for patients and their families.

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Full guideline (including Appendices A to O)

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Appendix P - Evidence profile tables

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Appendices Q to T - Included and excluded studies

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Appendix U - Psychological interventions - forest plots

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Appendix V -  Antidepressant drug treatment - forest plots

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NICE Technology Appraisals:

Depression and anxiety - computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) (No. 97)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) (No. 59)


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