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Effectiveness of a peer-delivered, psychosocial intervention on maternal depression and child development at 3 years postnatal: a cluster randomised trial in Pakistan

Joanna Maselko, Siham Sikander, Elizabeth L Turner, Lisa M Bates, Ikhlaq Ahmad, Najia Atif, Victoria Baranov, Sonia Bhalotra, Amina Bibi, Tayyaba Bibi, Samina Bilal, Pietro Biroli, Esther Chung, John A Gallis, Ashley Hagaman, Anam Jamil, Katherine LeMasters, Karen O'Donnell, Elissa Scherer, Maria Sharif Show all

The Lancet Psychiatry | Elsevier | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Maternal depression has a recurring course that can influence offspring outcomes. Evidence on how to treat maternal depression to improve longer-term maternal outcomes and reduce intergenerational transmission of psychopathology is scarce, particularly for task-shifted, low-intensity, and scalable psychosocial interventions. We evaluated the effects of a peer-delivered, psychosocial intervention on maternal depression and child development at 3 years postnatal. METHODS: 40 village clusters in Pakistan were randomly allocated using a computerised randomisation sequence to receive a group-based, psychosocial intervention and enhanced usual care for 36 months, or enhanced usual care..

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