Susan R. Priest

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Recognition of high rates of mental health morbidity and mortality that affect women during the perinatal period has prompted the development of psychosocial risk assessment programs. Designed to identify women, at risk, during routine health checks and delivered by primary care health service providers, these fit within a primary prevention and early(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the value of the antenatal risk questionnaire (ANRQ) as a predictor of postnatal depression, to evaluate its acceptability to pregnant women and midwives, and to consider its use as part of a model for integrated psychosocial risk assessment in the antenatal setting. METHOD This paper further analysed published data from the pregnancy(More)
BACKGROUND Postnatal depression can cause adverse effects on both mother and infant, but its impact on breastfeeding duration is poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between maternal postnatal depression and breastfeeding duration. METHODS A cohort of 1745 women was recruited on the postnatal wards of two large(More)
OBJECTIVE To test whether critical incident stress debriefing after childbirth reduces the incidence of postnatal psychological disorders. DESIGN Randomised single-blind controlled trial stratified for parity and delivery mode. SETTING Two large maternity hospitals in Perth. PARTICIPANTS 1745 women who delivered healthy term infants between April 1996(More)
BACKGROUND Mental health conditions arising in the perinatal period, including depression, have the potential to impact negatively on not only the woman but also her partner, infant, and family. The capacity for routine, universal antenatal psychosocial assessment, and thus the potential for reduction of morbidity, is very significant. OBJECTIVES To(More)
The objectives of this study were: (1) to examine Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) period prevalence and comorbidity for depression and anxiety disorder in a cohort of women assessed during the first 6–8 months postpartum and (2) to examine the benefits of combining the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) with a simple “interval(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper presents evidence of new developments in the detection and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders that have relevance for clinicians. METHOD An electronic search was conducted in MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsychINFO and The Cochrane Library Database for the interval 1995-2005 for papers published in English. RESULTS New(More)
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