Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101636
  • Women's heath
  • Randomised controlled trial

Feasibility and efficacy of an internet treatment for postnatal depression utilising a behavioural activation approach

  1. Alan Gemmill
  1. Parent-Infant Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Jeannette Milgrom, Clinical and Health Psychology Department, 1st Floor, South Wing of the Centaur Building, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Austin Health, 300 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg Heights, Melbourne, Victoria 3081, Australia; jeannette.milgrom{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • There is considerable demand for online treatment from depressed perinatal women.

  • Online depression treatment tailored to postnatal women represents a feasible intervention.

  • Potentially broad perinatal nursing applications exist in a stepped-care model, where broad low-intensity interventions are offered as a first-line and specialised treatments are offered for more complex cases.


Postnatal depression (PND) is prevalent and debilitating, and presents unique barriers to appropriate treatment. Many new mothers do not access help due to stigma, a lack of specialised treatments, the difficulty of scheduling appointments …

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