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Trialing new assessment tools to identify women at risk of PND

Hanna, Barbara, Jarman, Heather, Layton, Kim, Dumaresq, Catherine and Cook, Desma 2003, Trialing new assessment tools to identify women at risk of PND, in The Marce Society international biennial scientific meeting, second international conference : program and abstracts, The Australasian Marce Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 10-10.

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Title Trialing new assessment tools to identify women at risk of PND
Author(s) Hanna, Barbara
Jarman, Heather
Layton, Kim
Dumaresq, Catherine
Cook, Desma
Conference name The Marce Society International Biennial Scientific Meeting (2nd : 2003 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 26-27 Sep. 2003
Title of proceedings The Marce Society international biennial scientific meeting, second international conference : program and abstracts
Publication date 2003
Start page 10
End page 10
Publisher The Australasian Marce Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Objectives: The objectives of this study were to trial the Postpartum Depression Predictors Inventory (PDPI) as a checklist to assist nurses in identifying women at risk of postnatal depression at 28 weeks of pregnancy, with repeated assessment at 6-8 weeks postpartum.

Methods: A prospective cohort design was used to include a population of women >20 years of age who were attending an antenatal clinic at a Victorian regional hospital. All women who attended the clinic for their 28 week visit were invited to participate over an 8-week period. Five data collection measures were included, two in the antenatal period and three at 6-8 weeks postpartum. Based on nurse consultation at both times, clinical judgement, and use of the PDPI, nurses recorded three outcomes: no identifiable risk, non-directive counselling or referral to a psychiatric nurse. The Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS), Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and Kanzas Marital Satisfaction Scales were used at 6-8 weeks postpartum to assess depression and marital satisfaction.

Results: 107 women were recruited in the antenatal period with 84 being followed up 8 weeks postpartum. Information will be presented on the proportion of women who were found to be depressed at both data collection periods, the intervention outcomes as determined by nurses. The use of the PDPI and PDSS as tools to assist nurses in identifying women at risk of postnatal depression will be discussed.

Conclusion: The PDPI is a useful checklist to identify women at risk of postnatal depression. The PDSS and the EPDS identified a similar number of women, although the PDSS is a much longer and more intensive scale.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30013842

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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