1. Mothers who received postpartum depression screenings and treatment referrals as necessary at well-child checks at 1, 3, and 6 months were significantly less likely to be depressed at 9 months when compared to those receiving care as usual (CAU).
2. A number of secondary outcomes, including maternal anxiety, parenting, and mental health functioning, were also improved in mothers who received the screening intervention.
Study Rundown: Though postpartum depression is a well-documented complication after childbirth, symptoms often go undetected and unaddressed. In this study, mothers at pediatric primary care clinics were designated to receive screening interventions at 1, 3, and 6 months or CAU based upon the location of their well-child care clinic. Mothers who tested positive on screening also received information about treatment and referrals when necessary. The primary outcome assessed was maternal depression at 9 months postpartum. Secondary outcomes assessed included maternal anxiety, quality of life, parenting ability, and child social and emotional development at 12 months postpartum. Mothers receiving the intervention were less likely to have depression at 9 months and also demonstrated better maternal secondary outcomes at 12 months. There was no notable improvement in child socioemotional development. While the…
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