Recognition and management of perinatal depression in general practice--a survey of GPs and postnatal women

Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Sep;34(9):787-90.


Objective: To identify ways to improve detection and access to treatment.

Methods: A survey of general practitioners and postnatal women across Australia addressing knowledge of, and attitudes to, postnatal depression using case vignettes.

Results: General practitioners were significantly more likely to recognise depression than postnatal women, who were likely to seek help for more general or baby related issues. Both GPs and women favoured help from partners and counselling, but GPs significantly favoured antidepressants and women, natural therapies.

Discussion: Women have a low likelihood of presenting for depression, suggesting a role for screening by GPs. Women preferred psychological and social management than drugs for depression perinatally.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Australia
  • Depression / diagnosis*
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Depression, Postpartum / diagnosis
  • Depression, Postpartum / therapy
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Postnatal Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Prenatal Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires