When Screening Is Policy, How Do We Make It Work?

Barbara P. Yawn, Elizabeth M. LaRusso, Susan L. Bertram, William V. Bobo

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4 Scopus citations


Universal screening can increase the detection rates of postnatal depression (PND), but careful attention to the full spectrum of screening, diagnostic, therapy, and ongoing management services is required to improve outcomes. The few studies published that have assessed PND screening and management programs and demonstrated improvement in depressive symptoms and outcome in women at 6-18 months postpartum have provided screening, diagnostic, and management services integrated within the same site, reserving referral to external psychiatric services for complex cases. More research is required to evaluate the effectiveness of antenatal depression screening and management and the effectiveness of perinatal screening diagnosis and treatment of clinically significant anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIdentifying Perinatal Depression and Anxiety
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence-Based Practice in Screening, Psychosocial Assessment, and Management
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781118509722
ISBN (Print)9781118509654
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Continuity of care
  • Evidence based
  • Management
  • Postnatal depression
  • Universal screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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