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McQuaid JR, Buelt A, Capaldi V, Fuller M, Issa F, Lang AE, Hoge C, Oslin DW, Sall J, Wiechers IR, Williams S. The Management of Major Depressive Disorder: Synopsis of the 2022 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline. Annals of internal medicine. 2022 Oct 1; 175(10):1440-1451.
DESCRIPTION: In February 2022, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) approved a joint clinical practice guideline (CPG) for the management of major depressive disorder (MDD). This synopsis summarizes key recommendations. METHODS: Senior leaders within the VA and the DoD assembled a team to update the 2016 CPG for the management of MDD that included clinical stakeholders and conformed to the National Academy of Medicine''s tenets for trustworthy CPGs. The guideline panel developed key questions, systematically searched and evaluated the literature, created two 1-page algorithms, and distilled 36 recommendations for care using the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) system. Select recommendations that were identified by the authors to represent key changes from the prior CPG are presented in this synopsis. RECOMMENDATIONS: The scope of the CPG is diverse; however, this synopsis focuses on key recommendations that the authors identified as important new evidence and changes to prior recommendations on pharmacologic management, pharmacogenomics, psychotherapy, complementary and alternative therapies, and the use of telemedicine.