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Randomised controlled trial
Postpartum depression can be prevented in low-income mothers using interpersonal psychotherapy
  1. Huynh-Nhu Le1,
  2. Deborah F Perry2
  1. 1Department of Psychology, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
  2. 2Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, Washington DC, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Huynh-Nhu Le, George Washington University, Psychology, 2125 G St. NW, Washington DC, 20052, USA; hnle{at}gwu.edu

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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.

Context

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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