Department of Health
Department of Health
The Chinese University of Hong Kong The Unviersity of Hong Kong
Dr. Shirley Leung/ Dr. Cynthia Leung
Dr. Dominic T.S. Lee
Outcome of postnatal depression screening using Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
Behaviors and Mental Disorders
Postnatal depression screening programme using Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS is a 10-item self-report questionnaire used for screening postnatal depression). Clinical intervention is based on the EPDS screening score and nursing assessment.
10 minutes for EPDS screening
Clinical intervention is based on usual nursing assessment practice.
Inclusion criteria: 1) Chinese mothers of newborn babies <= 2 months who are registered with the 4 Maternal and Child Health Centres under study, and 2) who are normally resident in Hong Kong (Hong Kong ID card holder, or HK Birth Certificate [with status of permanent resident indicated established] holder, or people who have been granted unconditional stay in Hong Kong, or passport holders having valid travel document showing the right to land in Hong Kong, or permission to land, or eligibility of HK permanent ID card verified, or entitlement to the right of abode in HK)
Exclusion criteria: 1) Those who do not use the Chinese language (in both the written and spoken form); 2) those who are under active psychiatric contact; and 3) those who delivered in hospitals which are still conducting their own EPDS screening programme.
Mother's mental health at 6 months postpartum, as measured on the EPDS and General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12), both being self-report questionnaires.
1) Mother's parenting stress (measured by the Parenting Stress Index, a self-report questionnaire); 2) Marital relationship satisfaction (measured by the Chinese Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale, a self-report questionnaire); 3) Marital status and employment status (both father and mother, where applicable) at 6 and 18 months postpartum; 4)Child health measures, including weight at 6 and 18 months, number of hospitalizations and visits to doctors within the first 6 and 18 months as reported by mother; and 5) Mother's mental health outcome (EPDS and GHQ scores) at 18 months postpartum.
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