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Evid Based Nurs 1:121 doi:10.1136/ebn.1.4.121
  • Diagnosis

A primary healthcare team had low sensitivity for detecting postnatal depression

Test features for detection of postnatal depression by professional groups of healthcare providers v the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale*

Professional group Sensitivity % (95% CI) Specificity % (CI) +LR −LR
*+LR=likelihood ratio for the presence of the disease if the test is positive; −LR=likelihood ratio if the test is negative. +LR, −LR, and CI calculated from data in article.
General practitioner 33 (17 to 54) 96 (91 to 98) 8.06 0.70
Health visitor 20 (7 to 41) 93 (88 to 97) 3.04 0.86
Midwife 21 (6 to 46) 98 (94 to 100) 12.42 0.80
Whole primary healthcare team 43 (25 to 63) 92 (86 to 96) 5.27 0.62

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