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Evid Based Nurs 14:128-129 doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100085
  • Womens health
  • Randomised controlled trial

Care from health visitors trained in psychological intervention methods may prevent depression in mothers not depressed 6 weeks postnatally

Editor's Choice
  1. Paul Corcoran2
  1. 1Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  2. 2The National Suicide Research Foundation, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Patricia Leahy-Warren
    Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Ireland; patricia.leahy{at}ucc.ie

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses and midwives who provide postnatal care need to receive training in identification and psychological intervention methods to prevent depression.

  • They will need to provide more visits to all mothers within the first 12-month postdelivery.

  • Further randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in this area should utilise midwives/health visitors (HVs) as the administrators of the intervention.

  • They should also seek control for the increased number of contacts associated with interventions of this nature.

  • There is a need for further RCTs in postnatal care to disentangle the effects of perceived support, the therapeutic relationship and the psychological intervention.

Context

Approximately 13% of mothers …

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