Journal article

A survey of the clinical acceptability of screening for postnatal depression in depressed and non-depressed women

Alan W Gemmill, Bronwyn Leigh, Jennifer Ericksen, Jeannette Milgrom

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2006


BACKGROUND: Information on clinical acceptability is needed when making cost-utility decisions about health screening implementation. Despite being in use for two decades, most data on the clinical acceptability of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) come from qualitative reports, or include relatively small samples of depressed women. This study aimed to measure acceptability in a survey of a relatively large, community sample with a high representation of clinically depressed women. METHODS: Using mail, telephone and face-to-face interview, 920 postnatal women were approached to take part in a survey on the acceptability of the EPDS, including 601 women who had screened positiv..

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