Journal article

National program for depression associated with childbirth: the Australian experience

Anne Buist, David Ellwood, Janette Brooks, Jeannette Milgrom, Barbara A Hayes, Anne Sved-Williams, Bryanne Barnett, Janan Karatas, Justin Bilszta

BEST PRACTICE & RESEARCH CLINICAL OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Routine screening was introduced as a joint research/public-health initiative across 43 health services in Australia, funded by beyondblue, the National Australian Depression Initiative. This program included assessing risk factors and prevalence of depression in perinatal women. Other objectives included increasing awareness of the condition, training of relevant staff, and assessing the feasibility of a screening program. Women were screened antenatally and postnatally with a demographic questionnaire and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. A subgroup of women and health professionals was surveyed. Over 40,000 women participated directly in the program. Data and issues for specific g..

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