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Commentary on: Zlotnick C, Tzilos G, Miller I, et al. Randomized controlled trial to prevent postpartum depression in mothers on public assistance. J Aff Dis 2016;189:263–8.
Implications for practice and research
Nurses can deliver a group intervention (INT) based on interpersonal psychotherapy to prevent postpartum depression in low-income mothers.
Given the high rates of elevated depressive symptoms during the perinatal period, future research should test more preventive INTs as well as treatments.
Depression during pregnancy and in the 12-month postpartum period (ie, perinatal depression (PD)) is the most common serious condition affecting women, with higher rates experienced by low-income women.1 There is growing evidence for long-term negative effects of even subclinical depressive symptoms on children's well-being.2 Given the low rates of treatment for women with elevated depressive symptoms and the long-term sequelae of untreated depression, …
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