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J Natl Med Assoc. 2007 Mar;99(3):226-31.

Healthy Start screens for depression among urban pregnant, postpartum and interconceptional women.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA. alfred_harrington@hotmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine perinatal depression in north and northeast Omaha, NE.

METHODS:

The records of a sample of 119 randomly selected clients from Omaha Healthy Start (OHS) were reviewed. Three screening instruments were employed to identify women with depression: they were asked whether they were depressed (DQ); they received the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) and/or the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI).

RESULTS:

The number of women with depressive symptoms identified by each technique varied from: DQ (16.8%), EPDS (16%) and BDI (7.6%). The three methods identified three subpopulations of women with different maternal and child health risk profiles reflected by their responses on an OHS-developed Maternal and Child Health Risk Assessment Tool.

CONCLUSION:

In combination, these simple techniques identified depressed women with different risk profiles who would have been missed using a single approach exclusively.

PMID:
17393946
PMCID:
PMC2569624
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