Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100085
  • Women's health
  • Randomised controlled trial

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

  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}

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.


Approximately 13% of mothers …

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