▶ Aims. To evaluate the prevalence of parents' postnatal depression from the paediatric primary care setting view point. ▶ Method. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) questionnaire was given to mothers and fathers attending any of the family paediatrician's practices of Italy's Milan-1 local health units, Italy, for the second well-child visit of neonates bom between 1 February and 31 July 2012. A cut-off score of 12 was used to identify parents with postnatal depression symptoms. ▶ Results. At 3 months after delivery, 126 out of 2706 (4.7%, 95%CI 3.9-5.5%) mothers and 24 out of 1420 (1.7%, 95%CI 1.0-2.4%) fathers resulted positive to the EPDS test. Women with mood disorders and anxiety during pregnancy were at increased risk of post partum depression (OR 22.9, 95%CI 12.1-43.4). Only 11 mothers (8.7%) positive to EPDS screening attended a psychiatric service, and for 8 of them the diagnosis of postnatal depression was confirmed. ▶ Conclusion. The prevalence of postnatal depression was lower than previously reported. Routine screening resulted ineffective, since few mothers found positive for depression decided to attend psychiatric services.
|Translated title of the contribution||Screening of post partum depression in a paediatric primary care setting in Italy|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Ricerca e Pratica|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
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