Perinatal depression screening: A systematic review of recommendations from member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Sarira El-Den, Lily Pham, Isobel Anderson, Shan Yang, Rebekah J. Moles, Claire L. O’Reilly, Philip Boyce, Karen Hazell Raine, Camille Raynes-Greenow

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    Abstract

    Perinatal depression (PND) screening recommendations are made by national, state-based and professional organisations; however, there is disagreement regarding screening timing, provider responsible, screening setting, screening tool as well as the follow-up and referral pathways required post-screening. This systematic review aimed to identify, describe and compare PND screening recommendations from member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Publications were identified through systematically searching PubMed, Google and the Guidelines International Network (GIN). Recommendations regarding PND screening endorsement, timing, frequency, responsible provider, tools/assessments and follow-up and referral were extracted. Twenty-one publications, including guidelines, from five countries were included. Most made recommendations in support of PND screening using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Details differed regarding terminology used, as well as frequency of screening, follow-up mechanisms and referral pathways. A broad range of health providers were considered to be responsible for screening. This is the first review to identify and compare PND screening recommendations from OECD member countries; however, only online publications published in English, from five countries were included. Heterogeneity of publication types and inconsistency in definitions rendered quality assessment inappropriate. While most publications generally endorsed PND screening, there are exceptions and the associated details pertaining to the actual conduct of screening vary between and within countries. Developing clear, standardised recommendations based on current evidence is necessary to ensure clarity amongst healthcare providers and a comprehensive approach for the early detection of PND.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)871-893
    Number of pages23
    JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
    Volume25
    Issue number5
    Early online dateJul 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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