Journal article

Improving help-seeking for postnatal depression and anxiety: a cluster randomised controlled trial of motivational interviewing

Charlene Holt, Jeannette Milgrom, Alan W Gemmill

ARCHIVES OF WOMENS MENTAL HEALTH | SPRINGER WIEN | Published : 2017

Abstract

Low uptake of treatment by women with symptoms of postnatal depression and anxiety is consistently reported. This study examined whether a brief motivational interviewing (MI) intervention delivered by Maternal and Child Health Nurses (MCHNs) during routine emotional health assessments improves help-seeking following childbirth. In this parallel two-group cluster randomised controlled trial, MCHNs delivered a MI intervention ('PRIMER', n = 20) or Routine Care (n = 20) at women's (n = 541) postnatal consultations. The primary outcome was help-seeking over the 12 months post-birth. Other outcomes were emotional distress measured by the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, Beck Depression Inve..

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