Enhancing decision-making by depressed pregnant patients

J Perinat Med. 2002;30(4):349-51. doi: 10.1515/JPM.2002.053.


Aims: We provide the reader with clinical tools for enhancing decision-making by depressed pregnant patients.

Results: Ethical principles and the concept of fetus as patient support four clinical strategies for enhancing the autonomy of these patients: screening for depression; assessing the effects of depression on decision-making capacity; counseling about the adverse consequences of depression for pregnancy; and informing patients about the options for treatment of depression.

Conclusion: These four strategies can be used to prevent ethical conflict in decisions about the management of pregnancy in patients with depression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Counseling* / methods
  • Decision Making*
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*