Risk factors for developing post‐traumatic stress disorder following childbirth: a systematic review

  title={Risk factors for developing post‐traumatic stress disorder following childbirth: a systematic review},
  author={Louise B Andersen and Lisa B Melvaer and Poul Videbech and Ronald F Lamont and Jan Stener Joergensen},
  journal={Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica},
Background. Approximately 1–2% of women suffer from post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) postnatally. This review aims to elucidate how women at risk can be identified. Methods. A systematic search of the published literature was carried out using the MEDLINE database (November 2003 to 29 October 2010) with both MeSH terms and free text. Thirty‐one studies were considered appropriate for qualitative synthesis. Articles were included on the basis of (a) publication pertaining to PTSD following… 
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