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To provide moms with more information concerning whether they should discuss PPD with their physician, BabyCenter created an online quiz based on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression scale.
As part of the evaluation process we used the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) (Cox et al, 1987) as a validated method of screening for postnatal depression.
Inclusion criteria included those with a past history of depression, a score of 9-19 on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, singleton gestation, a maternal age of 18 years or older, and a gestational age of 12-20 weeks.
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), a 10-item self report scale assessing the symptoms of depression, was used to asses: the presence of depression.
In a study conducted in an urban setting in South Africa, maternal postpartum depression was measured using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) among 83 HIV-infected mother infant dyads and 42.
Universal screening, using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in birth mothers, was used to implement prevention services in the postnatal period; these services were found to be effective in reducing the likelihood of the mother experiencing postpartum depression (Brugha, Morrell, Slade, & Walters, 2010).
The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) was scored every other week as the primary measurement of efficacy, while the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) were secondary measures.
The most commonly used screening tool for depression during the perinatal period is the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), called the Edinburgh Depression Scale (EDS) when used during pregnancy.