Developed at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School, the app – called Lifeline4Moms – is designed as a resource for obstetricians and other care providers in identifying perinatal depression, which affects 14 percent of women and is considered the most common complication of pregnancy.
“Perinatal depression is a major problem,” Bengisu Tulu, an associate professor of business at WPI’s Foisie Business School and the app’s creator, said in a press release issued by WPI. “By using Lifeline4Moms during an office visit with a patient, obstetric caregivers can map out a treatment plan and help the patient make an appointment with a counselor, for example, to increase the likelihood that the patient will actually follow up and get the mental health care she needs.”
Tulu said the mobile health tool is designed to help maternal care providers who might not have the psychiatric expertise to identify perinatal depression. As such, it’s meant to be a resource, and not a clinical decision support tool. It lists the symptoms of mild, moderate and severe depression…
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