Recognition and management of perinatal depression in general practice: a survey of GPs and postnatal women

Buist, Anne, Bilszta, Justin, Barnett, Bryanne, Milgrom, Jeannette, Ericksen, Jennifer, Condon, John, Hayes, Barbara, and Brooks, Janette (2005) Recognition and management of perinatal depression in general practice: a survey of GPs and postnatal women. Australian Family Physician, 34 (9). pp. 787-790.

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OBJECTIVE To identify ways to improve detection and access to treatment.

METHODS A survey of general practitioners and postnatal women across Australia addressing knowledge of, and attitudes to, postnatal depression using case vignettes.

RESULTS General practitioners were significantly more likely to recognise depression than postnatal women, who were likely to seek help for more general or baby related issues. Both GPs and women favoured help from partners and counselling, but GPs significantly favoured antidepressants and women, natural therapies.

DISCUSSION Women have a low likelihood of presenting for depression, suggesting a role for screening by GPs. Women preferred psychological and social management than drugs for depression perinatally.

Item ID: 5888
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: general practice; GPs; perinatal depression; postnatal women
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Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 00:35
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 49%
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