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The first 12 months of a perinatal outreach service

  • Meena Patel, Jona Lewin and Ann Stevens (a1)
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Aims and method

This paper describes and evaluates a new community treatment service for women suffering from mental Illness during the perinatal period. Data about referrals, treatment methods and outcome were analysed for the first year of Its service.

Results

The service was acceptable to patients and effective in improving the mental health and parenting skills of mothers but less successful in improving relationship problems.

Clinical implications

A specialised perinatal outreach service is likely to be more acceptable to new mothers than the traditional psychiatric service and may also be able to reduce the need for hospital admission and length of admission.

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Brockington, I. (ed.) (1996) Motherhood and Mental Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Oates, M. (1988) The development of an integrated community orientated service for severe postnatal illness. In Motherhood and Mental Illness: Causes and Consequences (eds. Kumar, R. & Brockington, L. F.) London: Wright.
Royal College of Psychiatrists (1992) Report of the General Psychiatry Section Working Party on Postnatal Illness. Psychiatric Bulletin, 16, 519 522.
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  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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The first 12 months of a perinatal outreach service

  • Meena Patel, Jona Lewin and Ann Stevens (a1)
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