International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care


ASSESSING THE STATUS OF WOMEN'S HEALTHGuest Editors: Arminée Kazanjian

Intervening to reduce depression after birth: A systematic review of the randomized trials


Judith Lumley a1, Marie-Paule Austin a2 and Creina Mitchell a1
a1 La Trobe University
a2 University of New South Wales

Abstract

A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials of nonpharmaceutical and nonhormonal interventions to reduce postnatal depression was carried out to summarize the effectiveness of interventions grouped in terms of the nature and timing of the intervention and whether the trial population was universal, selective, or indicated.


Key Words: Depression; Postnatal care; Randomized controlled trial; Review literature; Maternal welfare.