Elizabeth Boath

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Little research has been carried out on the treatment of postnatal depression and clinicians must currently rely on general recommendations for the use of antidepressants. Antidepressant medication as the main treatment for depression in general practice has been shown to be effective when used as prescribed. However, research has shown that depressed(More)
BACKGROUND Postnatal depression is a common and important complication of childbearing. Untreated depression can lead to potentially negative effects on the foetus and infant, in addition to serious morbidity for the mother. The use of antidepressants during pregnancy for prevention of postnatal depression is unclear, due to the possibility of adverse(More)
AIMS To determine the content of a distance learning course in therapeutics for general practitioners (GPs). METHODS This paper reports the results of a three-round Delphi study. The respondent group comprised 21 GPs who were expert in their field. In the first round, the experts were interviewed to determine the knowledge, skills, competencies and(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess whether adults attending a dental practice for regular dental care have better oral health than adults attending casually in response to a dental problem, and to explore the barriers to asymptomatic attendance. METHODS An observational case-control study comparing the characteristics of 100 regular attenders with 100 causal attenders(More)
The prescribing of proton pump inhibitor (PPIs) drugs has increased by 456% in the past 4 yr, despite no evidence of increased morbidity for gastrointestinal conditions. There has been no full explanation for this dramatic increase. Doctors attribute the rapid and apparently unjustified increase in prescribing of this new and expensive drug to patients'(More)
This systematic review assessed the success of randomized controlled trials of preventative interventions for postnatal depression (PND). Outcomes examined were estimates of PND prevalence. Methodological quality was determined through the examination of key components individually with independent data extraction by all three authors. Data sources included(More)
BACKGROUND Postnatal depression affects one in ten women within 6 months of childbirth. The most effective treatment strategy for postnatal depression is not clear. METHODS This prospective, naturalistic study of the treatment of postnatal depression compared 30 women treated at a specialised psychiatric day hospital with 30 women treated using routine(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective cohort study assessed the cost-effectiveness of treating 30 women with postnatal depression (PND) at a specialised psychiatric Parent and Baby Day Unit (PBDU), compared to 30 women treated using routine primary care (RPC). METHODS Following recruitment, the women were assessed on three occasions (initially, 3- and 6-months),(More)
CONTEXT We know little about young people's views of the effectiveness of interventions to reduce the frequency of teenage pregnancy. OBJECTIVE To compare the views of young people and professionals about ways to reduce the frequency of teenage pregnancy. DESIGN Comparison of consensus emerging from adult and teenagers' workshop discussions and(More)