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Perceptions and experiences of interventions to prevent postnatal depression: a systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis

Scope, Alison; Booth, Andrew; Morrell, C. Jane; Sutcliffe, Paul; Cantrell, Anna

Authors

Alison Scope

Andrew Booth

C. Jane Morrell

Paul Sutcliffe

Anna Cantrell



Abstract

Background

More women experience depressive symptoms antenatally than postnatally. Supporting women through the antenatal period is recognised as important in mitigating negative outcomes and in preventing postnatal depression (PND). A systematic review was conducted which aimed to provide a detailed service user and service provider perspective on the uptake, acceptability, and perception of harms of antenatal interventions and postnatal interventions for preventing PND.
Methods

A comprehensive literature search was conducted in 12 major bibliographic databases in November 2012 and updated in December 2014. Studies were included if they contained qualitative evidence on the perspectives and attitudes of pregnant women and postnatal women who had taken part in, or healthcare professionals (HCPs) involved in delivering, preventive interventions for PND.
Results

Twenty-two studies were included. Support and empowerment through education were identified as particularly helpful to women as intervention components, across all intervention types. Implications for accessing the service, understanding the remit of the service and women's preferences for group and individual care also emerged.
Limitations

The majority of the included studies were of moderate or low quality, which may result in a lack of rich data consistently across all studies, limiting to some degree interpretations that can be made.
Conclusion

The synthesis demonstrated important considerations for devising new interventions or adapting existing interventions. Specifically, it is important that individual or group interventions are carefully tailored to women's needs or preferences and women are aware of the remit of the HCPs role to ensure they feel able to access the support required.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal Journal of Affective Disorders
Print ISSN 0165-0327
Electronic ISSN 1573-2517
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 210
APA6 Citation Scope, A., Booth, A., Morrell, C. J., Sutcliffe, P., & Cantrell, A. (2017). Perceptions and experiences of interventions to prevent postnatal depression: a systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 210, doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.12.017
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2016.12.017
Keywords Postnatal depression; Prevention; Service user; Service provider; Systematic review; Qualitative; Antenatal
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032716308205
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0





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