Journal article

Screening for postnatal depression in routine primary care: properties of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in an Australian sample.

Jeannette Milgrom, Jennifer Ericksen, Lisa Negri, Alan W Gemmill

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: First, to explore the utility of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) in routine primary care through a large community screening program. Next, to compare administration of a second EPDS versus the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) in identifying postnatal depression in the prescreened population. METHOD: Screening with the EPDS through Maternal and Child Health Centres at 4 months post-partum. Women scoring > or = 12 were assessed against DSM-IV criteria and completed a BDI and a second EPDS. These data were subjected to receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses. RESULTS: Of 4148 screened, 533 (12.8%) scored > or = 12. Of these, 344 were assessed against DSM-IV ..

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