10 responses to “Screening for depression in pregnancy using the Edinburgh Depression Scale”

  1. Very important topic

  2. interesting. good screening tools are alway helpful

  3. interesting information and although I practice ER medicine I sometimes practice in the Arctic, so will provide the EDS to the clinic and midwives there to use regularly.

  4. I in general disagree with screening unless effective and evidence-based treatments are available that genuinely improve the lot of the screened population. Screening for breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, to name a few prominent screening rituals, have taken very strong hits recently and are under intense scrutiny.
    Why I will not change my practice is that in my remote, rural practice location there are minimal supports for psychiatric patients. Screening with a high sensitivity tends to overdiagnose and thus I view this screening with some suspicion at present.

  5. As the assay indicates, mental illness is associated with obstetrical complications. Given the circumstances, is it reasonable to recommend the screening test (EDS) earlier (as per recommendation it is done between 28 – 32 wks) ?

  6. The PHQ9 is extensively used by most of us.The value of it has surprised me. This tool will likely be similar.

  7. I don’t provide obs care after the first trimester but based on this module and info from a recent CME event, I will routinely administer the Edin. Scale postpartum as opposed to only using it when I am concerned. I also wonder about the utility of using it in the first trimester. Has this been studied?

  8. Valuable tool that is currently underused and is most important for this time in a woman’s life for all the obvious reasons.

  9. I found this article most relevant and helpful and a reminder that this tool is most useful even when you think you know and will positively affect the well being of pre and post natal patients.

  10. well, it is a wonderful tool to help pregnant patient with depression

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