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Commentary on: Wu Y, Zhang C, Liu H Duan, et al. Perinatal depressive and anxiety symptoms of pregnant women during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak in China. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2020.05.009
Commentary: implications for research and practice
Future research is needed on health screening measures to assess if patients have experienced prenatal depression and anxiety symptoms.
In clinical practice, an appropriate assessment for depression and anxiety by primary care providers becomes crucial during the prenatal stage of pregnancy.
Investigating the prevalence and incidence rates of prenatal depression and anxiety can prepare healthcare providers with adequate knowledge to deliver safe and quality care to patients.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated a profound negative impact on pregnant mothers with anxiety and depression. …
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