USPSTF Recommendation Statement on Interventions to Prevent Depression During Pregnancy, After Childbirth

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EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 11 A.M. (ET), TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019

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Bottom Line: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends clinicians provide counseling interventions to pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk of depression or refer patients to those services.

Background: The USPSTF routinely makes recommendations about the effectiveness of preventive care services. This latest statement is a new recommendation on interventions to prevent perinatal depression, which is the development of a depressive disorder during pregnancy or after childbirth. Depression is one of the most common complications during pregnancy and after childbirth, and it can have adverse effects on both women and children.

The USPSTF Concludes:

 

(doi:10.1001/jama.2019.0007)

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