Identification of postpartum depression

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

63 Scopus citations

Abstract

Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most common medical complication of childbearing. Universal screening maximizes the likelihood of prompt identification of PPD. Obstetrician-gynecologists routinely evaluate postpartum women for a general health examination and review of family planning options at approximately 6 weeks after birth; therefore, they are well positioned to identify PPD. In this study, we review the diagnostic criteria for postpartum depressive disorders and clinical risk factors predictive of PPD. We examine depression screening tools, appropriate cut-points associated with positive screens, the optimal timing for screening, and the acceptability of depression screening in obstetrical settings. Finally, we explore how to manage patients who screen positive for depression and treatment options for women with PPD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-468
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

Keywords

  • Identification
  • Postpartum depression
  • Screening tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Identification of postpartum depression'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this