Best practices: an emerging best practice model for perinatal depression care

Psychiatr Serv. 2009 Nov;60(11):1429-31. doi: 10.1176/


Perinatal depression is a significant health problem, especially among inner-city women. The authors explored the feasibility of an innovative model that integrated depression screening and treatment within an agency for maternal-child health. The team conducted depression screening with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale; they confirmed the primary diagnosis with the PRIME-MD instrument for 29 women with positive screens. Most participants had moderate or severe major depressive disorder. Women contended with multiple treatment barriers. Colocated depression care was highly acceptable and enabled evidence-based care delivery for at-risk mothers.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Benchmarking*
  • Depression, Postpartum / diagnosis
  • Depression, Postpartum / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • Maternal Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pilot Projects
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Young Adult