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The use of Rating Scales to Identify Post-natal Depression

  • Brian Harris (a1), Philip Huckle (a2), Roger Thomas (a2), Sandra Johns (a3) and Hedi Fung (a4)...

One hundred and forty-seven mothers were screened for major depression at six to eight weeks postpartum. Using predetermined cut-off points, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Beck scale were compared in their abilities to identify the 15% of subjects who had major depression according to DSM-III criteria. The sensitivity of Edinburgh scale was 95% and its specificity 93%. The performance of the Beck scale was markedly inferior, with a sensitivity of 68% and specificity of 88%.

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The use of Rating Scales to Identify Post-natal Depression

  • Brian Harris (a1), Philip Huckle (a2), Roger Thomas (a2), Sandra Johns (a3) and Hedi Fung (a4)...
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