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Commentary on: Henderson C, Dixon S, Bauer A. et al. Cost-Effectiveness of PoNDER Health Visitor Training for Mothers at Lower Risk of Depression: Findings on Prevention of Postnatal Depression from a Cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial. Psychological Medicine 2018;1–11. 10.1017/S0033291718001940.
Implications for practice and research
Health visitors (HVs) should be trained and supported to deliver a cognitive behavioural approach (CBA) or a person-centred approach (PCA).
Research should be undertaken to determine whether the POstNatal Depression Economic evaluation and Randomised (PoNDER) Trial remains clinically effective and cost-effective when delivered by other health professionals.
Future research should explore the longer-term cost-effectiveness and social impact of using PoNDER with women experiencing postnatal depression (PND).
PND is common and can have a negative impact on both maternal and infant health.1 PND affects maternal-infant interaction and can lead to long-term adverse outcomes for children.1 HVs in the UK offer a universal service …
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