Outcome of postnatal depression screening using Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

S. L. Shirley LEUNG, Man Cynthia LEUNG, Dominic T. S. LEE, Ruth CHAN

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Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of a postnatal depression screening programme using Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), relative to usual clinical practice. Method: 462 mothers with 2-month-old babies attending routine child health service were randomized into postnatal depression screening by EPDS or usual clinical practice. Follow-up counselling was provided by nurses to participants in need. Results: At 6 months postnatal, there was a significant difference in mental health outcome favouring mothers under the EPDS screening programme. Conclusion: The implementation of a postnatal depression screening programme using EPDS, compared with usual practice, resulted in better mental health among the former.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

Citation

Leung, S., Leung, C., Lee, D. T. S., & Chan, R. (2008, July). Outcome of postnatal depression screening using Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Paper presented at the XXIX International Congress of Psychology, International Congress Centrum, Berlin, Germany.

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