Postpartum Depression Screening: Initial Implementation in a Multispecialty Practice With Collaborative Care Managers

Christina L. Wichman, Kurt B. Angstman, Brian Lynch, Denise Whalen, Nathan Jacobson

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Postpartum depression (PPD) has emerged as an important issue for pediatricians and family practitioners because of detrimental effects on children. PPD occurs in 10% to 22% of women who have recently given birth, but fewer than half of cases are recognized. Despite the impact of PPD, many primary care clinicians do not have systemic screening approaches implemented. This paper will review the development of a screening protocol for PPD in a multispecialty clinic, with the implementation utilizing depression care managers and the preliminary results of our process. Of the 333 screened examinations during the 4-month study, 38.1% (n = 127) were performed for the 2-month well child examination; 33.6% (n = 112) were for the 4-month examination, with 28.2% (n = 94) being performed for the 6-month well child examination. Only 15 (4.5%) were positive for possible depression with a screening compliance rate of 47.9%. No significant difference was noted in the timing of the well child visit with a positive screening test result, nor was there any difference in family medicine versus pediatric colleagues in the utilization of the screening or diagnosis of PPD. Implementation of PPD screening in a multispecialty clinic can be effective, given utilization of depression care managers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-163
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Primary Care & Community Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Postpartum depression
  • care management
  • practice improvement
  • primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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