Journal article

Acceptability of antenatal screening for depression in routine antenatal care.

Bronwyn Leigh, Jeannette Milgrom

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING | AUSTRALIAN NURSING FEDERATION | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is generally recognised as a valid, reliable, cost-effective and simple tool to implement within routine care, however there is controversy regarding the acceptability of screening for depression. This paper aims to examine how acceptable women find (1) completing a battery of questionnaires, including the EPDS and (2) receiving feedback from midwives regarding the significance of their EPDS score when being screened for depression as part of routine antenatal care. DESIGN: Telephone interviews with women following completion of the questionnaire battery and receiving feedback from midwives. SETTING: Antenatal primary care in a hospi..

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