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Prenatal depressive and anxiety symptoms identifying predictors and psychosocial risks
  1. Lisa Ma1,
  2. Lauren Ellis1,
  3. Myriam Cadet2
  1. 1College of Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  2. 2Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Lisa Ma, College of Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York, USA; lisa.ma{at}downstate.edu

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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.

Context

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated a profound negative impact on pregnant mothers with anxiety and depression. …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed

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