Carnegie Public Lecture: Why routine screening doesn’t reduce depression in the community

22 May ‘15

6.00PM - 7.00PM
Speaker: Professor James Coyne

Venue: Lecture Theatre W1, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

The University of Stirling invites you to a public lecture given by Professor James Coyne: 'Why routine screening doesn’t reduce depression in the community'.

James C Coyne, PhD is the 2015 Carnegie Centenary Visiting Professor at University of Stirling.  He is one of the most published and highly cited clinical health psychologists in the United States with a long-standing, international reputation. He is currently a Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute, and Director of Behavioral Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center at the Perelman School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Coyne has over 350 publications include many citations classics. A JAMA article on screening for depression among cardiovascular patients was recognized by BMJ as one of the eight top papers of 2008. His PLOS Mind the Brain blog posts attract thousands of hits each month.

Depression is highly prevalent in the community and especially among medically ill patients. It is associated with poorer adherence to medical treatment, poorer medical outcomes, and is a key component of low quality of life. With effective treatments for depression now having been identified, routine screening for is now widely recommended and even mandated by professional organizations. Yet recommendations are consensus-based and are not supported by evidence.

This lively, intentionally controversial, but evidence-based talk will explain why routine screening for depression can have unintended consequences and is unlikely to improve the depression levels in the community. It will identify alternative uses of resources with better prospects. Fundamentally, the effectiveness of screening depends on a well-functioning system assuring completion of referral and timely delivery of routine care of sufficient quality and intensity to benefit patients. If these conditions are met, screening is not needed.

This event is free, but places are limited and should be reserved in advance via the online shop


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