Management of post traumatic stress disorder after childbirth: a review

@article{Lapp2010ManagementOP,
  title={Management of post traumatic stress disorder after childbirth: a review},
  author={Leann K. Lapp and Catherine Agbokou and Charles Siegfried Peretti and Florian Ferreri},
  journal={Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics \& Gynecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={31},
  pages={113 - 122}
}
Prevalence and risk factors for the development of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after childbirth is well described in the literature. However, its management and treatment has only begun to be investigated. The aim of this article is to describe the studies that examine the effects of interventions on PTSD after childbirth. MedLine, PILOTS, CINAHL and ISI Web of Science databases were systematically searched for randomised controlled trials, pilot studies and case studies using key… 

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