Journal article

Health professional's knowledge and awareness of perinatal depression: results of a national survey.

A Buist, J Bilszta, J Milgrom, B Barnett, B Hayes, MP Austin

Women Birth | Published : 2006

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Postnatal depression affects 14% of women, occurring also antenatally, with potential long-term consequences, making it an important disorder to detect and manage early. In this study we sought to examine knowledge and awareness of perinatal depression in health professionals involved in perinatal care throughout Australia prior to the implementation of a comprehensive screening program, aimed at improving detection and access to appropriate management. METHODS: A random sample of General Practitioners (GPs) and Maternal Child Health Nurses (MCHNs) and Midwives, in regions throughout Australia to be subsequently targeted by a screening and education program, were invited to par..

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