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Prevalence and incidence of postnatal depression: what can systematic reviews tell us?
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PMID:  20440525     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Postnatal depression (PND) has a significant impact on maternal mental health. Systematic reviews provide a useful tool to summarise research, however little is known about the quantity and quality of existing systematic reviews of prevalence and incidence of PND. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this paper is to provide a systematic overview of existing systematic reviews of prevalence and incidence of PND in the first 12 postnatal months. METHOD: Medline, Embase, Cinahl, PsychInfo and the Cochrane Library were searched for systematic reviews of prevalence and incidence of PND which met the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) criteria. Characteristics of selected reviews, completeness of reporting results and methodological quality were evaluated. RESULTS: Five reviews were selected for appraisal. Only one systematic review was identified; four reviews were non-systematic. Only two reviews provided a quantitative summary estimate of prevalence of PND. Completeness of reporting results using published guidelines was not undertaken by any review. The methodological quality of four reviews revealed limitations. CONCLUSIONS: Limited generalisable evidence exists in the form of high-quality systematic reviews to inform current knowledge of the prevalence and incidence of PND. The implication of this represents an important limitation for health services planning and service delivery.
Rachel Mann; Simon Gilbody; Joy Adamson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-05-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of women's mental health     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1435-1102     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Womens Ment Health     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-05     Completed Date:  2010-09-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815663     Medline TA:  Arch Womens Ment Health     Country:  Austria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  295-305     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Health Sciences, University of York, ARRC Building, 2nd Floor, Room, 202, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Depression, Postpartum / epidemiology*,  psychology
Evidence-Based Medicine
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
Research Design*
Review Literature as Topic*

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