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Early Screening for Perinatal Depression in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hartos, Stephanie (2021) Early Screening for Perinatal Depression in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Perinatal depression is a severe mental disorder that is greatly underdiagnosed and rarely treated in the United States. There are five main forms of perinatal depression: baby blues, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum panic disorder, and postpartum psychosis. Tools have been created to help obstetric providers screen for potential depressive symptoms in pregnant and postpartum women, but these are not used as often as recommended by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. This study, utilizing data collected by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Magee-Womens Research Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 2011-2015, analyzes audio recordings of the first comprehensive visit for pregnant women. The primary goals of this study are to determine if providers are asking women about their mental health history and educating their patients on perinatal and postpartum depression, and if patients are disclosing current or previous mental illness to their providers. This study found that most patients are not being properly screened by providers for depressive symptoms and are rarely being educated on the risks of perinatal and postpartum depression. Universal standards need to be established for all women to receive ample screening, education, and treatment for all forms of maternal depression.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hartos, Stephaniesrh99@pitt.edusrh99
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry,
Committee MemberChang,
Committee MemberJarlenski,
Date: 2 February 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 4 December 2020
Approval Date: 2 February 2021
Submission Date: 11 December 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 51
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perinatal Depression, Maternal Depression, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 18:50
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 18:50


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