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Prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder in pregnant women with prior pregnancy complications.
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PMID:  19488936     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in pregnant women with prior pregnancy complications.
METHODS: Seventy-six pregnant women at a maternal-fetal medicine referral clinic were asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire. Fifty-six women had a prior pregnancy complication (study group), and the remaining 20 had none (comparison group). Subjects were assessed with a questionnaire consisting of a modified patient-rated version of the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS). The modified CAPS was used to approximate the prevalence of full or partial PTSD related to a prior pregnancy complication using two scoring rules, the rule-of-3 (original rule) and rule-of-4 (more stringent rule).
RESULTS: The prevalence of full PTSD among women with prior pregnancy complications was 12.5% and 8.9% based on the rule-of-3 and rule-of-4, respectively. For partial PTSD, the prevalence was 28.6% based on the rule-of-3 versus 17.9% based on the rule-of-4. The most common type of complication was miscarriage, accounting for 73.5% of the reported complications. None of the women in the comparison group met criteria for full or partial PTSD.
CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of PTSD in pregnant women with a prior pregnancy-related complication is considerable. These findings provide additional evidence that pregnancy complications can be experienced as traumatic, and as such lead to partial or full PTSD symptoms.
Ariadna Forray; Linda C Mayes; Urania Magriples; Cynthia Neill Epperson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med.     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-16     Completed Date:  2009-08-25     Revised Date:  2014-08-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  522-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / epidemiology
Mental Disorders / epidemiology
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology,  psychology*,  rehabilitation
Research Design
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology*,  etiology*
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