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Incidence, correlates and predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder in the pregnancy after stillbirth.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11388974     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Many women may suffer psychological symptoms after stillbirth and in the subsequent pregnancy. Stillbirth has not been demonstrated previously to be a stressor for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). AIMS: To assess incidence, correlates and predictors of PTSD during and after the pregnancy following stillbirth. METHOD: A cohort study of pregnant women whose previous pregnancy ended in stillbirth. RESULTS: PTSD symptoms were prevalent in the pregnancy following stillbirth. Case-level PTSD was associated with depression, state-anxiety and conception occurring closer to loss. Symptoms generally resolved naturally by 1 year post-partum (birth of healthy baby). CONCLUSIONS: Women are vulnerable to PTSD in the pregnancy subsequent to stillbirth, particularly when conception occurs soon after the loss.
P Turton; P Hughes; C D Evans; D Fainman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science     Volume:  178     ISSN:  0007-1250     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2001 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-06-04     Completed Date:  2001-06-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342367     Medline TA:  Br J Psychiatry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  556-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, St George's Hospital Medical School, London.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / etiology
Cohort Studies
Depression / etiology
Fetal Death*
Middle Aged
Pregnancy Complications / psychology*
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Risk Factors
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology*
Time Factors
Comment In:
Br J Psychiatry. 2001 Oct;179:367; author reply 368   [PMID:  11581120 ]
Br J Psychiatry. 2001 Oct;179:368; author reply 368   [PMID:  11683151 ]

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