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J Affect Disord. 2006 Jul;93(1-3):233-7. Epub 2006 May 2.

Acceptability of routine screening for perinatal depression.

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  • 1University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry Austin Health, Repat Campus PO Box 5444, West Heidelberg, Victoria, 3061, Australia. a.buist@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To assess the acceptability of routine screening for perinatal depression.

METHOD:

Postnatal women (n=860) and health professionals (n=916) were surveyed after 3 years of routine perinatal (antenatal and postnatal) use of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).

RESULTS:

Over 90% of women had the screening explained to them and found the EPDS easy to complete; 85% had no difficulties completing it. Discomfort with screening was significantly related to having a higher EPDS score. A majority of health professionals using the EPDS was comfortable and found it useful.

LIMITATIONS:

The sample involved only maternity services supporting depression screening. In addition, the response rate from GPs was low.

CONCLUSIONS:

Routine screening with the EPDS is acceptable to most women and health professionals. Sensitive explanation, along with staff training and support, is essential in implementing depression screening.

PMID:
16647761
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