Primary care physician's attitudes and practices regarding antidepressant use during pregnancy: a survey of two countries

Arch Womens Ment Health. 2011 Feb;14(1):71-5. doi: 10.1007/s00737-010-0197-8. Epub 2010 Nov 30.


Little is known about the practices of primary care physicians regarding the prescribing of antidepressants during pregnancy. An anonymous survey was administered to a group of nonrandomly selected Australian general practitioners (n = 61 out of 77) and randomly selected Canadian family physicians (n = 35 out of 111). Responses to a hypothetical scenario and questions regarding beliefs about the use of antidepressant medication during pregnancy were collected. Physicians from both countries feel strongly that antidepressant use during pregnancy is a decision complicated by conflicting reports of safety and risk.

MeSH terms

  • Antidepressive Agents / adverse effects
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Data Collection
  • Depression / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physicians, Primary Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / drug therapy*
  • Risk


  • Antidepressive Agents