Depression, Postpartum | Outcome of Postnatal Depression Screening Using Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Depression, Postpartum research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The objective of the present study is to evaluate the effectiveness of postnatal depression screening by comparing the mental health outcome (at 6 months postpartum) of mothers under the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) screening programme versus usual clinical practice (usual practice), using randomized controlled trial design. With the use of the EPDS for the screening of postnatal depression, it is expected that more mothers in need of intervention (including mental health intervention, guidance in childcare and parenting, counseling in family relationships, etc) will be picked up and offered appropriate intervention, compared to the usual practice. It is hypothesized that the mental health of the group of women under the EPDS screening programme will be better than those under the usual practice, on subsequent follow-up.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Chinese mothers of newborn babies <= 2 months who are registered with the 4 Maternal and Child Health Centres under study; 2. Normally resident in Hong Kong (Hong Kong ID card holder, or HK Birth Certificate [with status of permanent resident indicated established] holder, or people who have been granted unconditional stay in Hong Kong, or passport holders having valid travel document showing the right to land in Hong Kong, or permission to land, or eligibility of HK permanent ID card verified, or entitlement to the right of abode in HK) Exclusion Criteria: 1. Those who do not use the Chinese language (in both the written and spoken form); 2. Those who are under active psychiatric contact; 3. Those who delivered in hospitals which are still conducting their own EPDS screening programme.

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Depression, Postpartum

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Procedure:Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: October 2005

Completed Date: January 2008

Phase: Phase 2/Phase 3

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Mother's mental health at 6 months postpartum, as measured on the EPDS and General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12), both being self-report questionnaires.

Secondary Outcome: Mother's parenting stress (measured by the Parenting Stress Index, a self-report questionnaire)

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Dominic TS Lee, M.D.

Lead Sponsor: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Collaborator: Hong Kong Department of Health

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