Overcoming Barriers to Addressing Perinatal Depression: Perspectives of Women [English and Spanish versions]
Document TypeResearch in the Works
KeywordsCommunity Based Participatory Research
Major Depressive Disorder
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AbstractDespite the availability of effective evidence-based treatmentsand frequent contact with OB/Gyn providers, perinatal depression remains under-diagnosed and under-treated. Understanding the perceptions of women who have experienced perinatal depression may inform needed changes in screening, assessment, treatment, and prevention. A Spanish translation of this publication is available for download.
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