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Fam Syst Health. 2012 Sep;30(3):224-40. doi: 10.1037/a0028750. Epub 2012 Jun 18.

A collaborative care telemedicine intervention to overcome treatment barriers for Latina women with depression during the perinatal period.

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Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, San Diego, CA 92123, USA.


Maternal depression is highly prevalent (10-20%) during the perinatal period, with rates as high as 35% to 40% for Latinas. However, few Latinas are either identified or treated during the perinatal period. The Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) model was designed to ameliorate the barriers that prevent adequate diagnoses and intervention. The PMH is a culturally sensitive, short-term telemedicine, collaborative care intervention for addressing depression among Mexican American mothers. It attends to sociocultural and socioeconomic dimensions and is delivered by trained mental health advisors in obstetric care settings. This article describes the feasibility and acceptability of using the PMH. Participants (N = 79) were selected from a 1st-year ongoing randomized trial in community obstetric clinics. The intervention seems feasible and acceptable; low-income Latinas, identified as depressed during the perinatal period, reported having access to a range of appropriate community services and high satisfaction.

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