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Maternal mortality and psychiatric morbidity in the perinatal period: challenges and opportunities for prevention in the Australian setting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17407434     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Maternal mortality associated with psychiatric illness in the perinatal period (pregnancy to the end of the first year postpartum) has until recently been under-reported in Australia due to limitations in the scope of the data collection and methods of detection. The recent United Kingdom report Why mothers die 2000-2002 identified psychiatric illness as the leading cause of maternal death in the UK. Findings from the last three reports on maternal deaths in Australia (covering the period 1994-2002) suggest that maternal psychiatric illness is one of the leading causes of maternal death, with the majority of suicides occurring by violent means. Such findings strengthen the case for routine perinatal psychosocial screening programs, with clear referral guidelines and assertive perinatal treatment of significant maternal psychiatric morbidity. Data linkage studies are needed to measure the full extent of maternal mortality associated with psychiatric illness in Australia.
Marie-Paule Austin; Susan Kildea; Elizabeth Sullivan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  186     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-04     Completed Date:  2007-05-04     Revised Date:  2007-12-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  364-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology
Australia / epidemiology
Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
Great Britain / epidemiology
Mass Screening
Maternal Age
Maternal Mortality*
Mental Disorders / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Psychotic Disorders / epidemiology
Puerperal Disorders / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Referral and Consultation
Suicide / statistics & numerical data
Comment In:
Med J Aust. 2007 Oct 15;187(8):474; authjor reply 474-6   [PMID:  17937649 ]

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