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Drawing the line in the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS): a vital decision
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics. (Socialpediatrisk forskning)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics. (Socialpediatrisk forskning)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics. (Socialpediatrisk forskning)
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, ISSN 0334-0139, E-ISSN 2191-0278, Vol. 23, no 1, 27-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND:

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is widely used in early child health care. This study examined the appropriateness of the recommended EPDS cut-off score 11/12.

METHODS:

Two main analyses were performed: 1. Associations between EPDS scores and maternal health behaviour, stress, life events, perceived mother-child interaction quality and child behaviour. 2. Screening parameters of the EPDS, i.e., sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value. EPDS scores were available for 438 mothers and maternal questionnaires for 361 mothers.

RESULTS:

Already in the EPDS score intervals 6-8 and 9-11, there were notable adversities, according to maternal questionnaires, in stress, perceived quality of mother-child interaction, perceived child difficultness and child problem behaviours. Using maternal questionnaire reports about sadness/distress postpartum as standard, the recommended EPDS cut-off score 11/12 resulted in a very low sensitivity (24%). The cutoff score 6/7 yielded a sensitivity of 61%, a specificity of 82% and a positive predictive value of 61%.

CONCLUSIONS:

In terms of both clinical relevance and screening qualities, an EPDS cut-off score lower than 11/12 seems recommendable.

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2011. Vol. 23, no 1, 27-32 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162985DOI: 10.1515/ijamh.2011.005PubMedID: 21721360OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-162985DiVA: diva2:462265
Available from: 2011-12-06 Created: 2011-12-06 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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