E-Health Program Improves Perinatal Depression
Patients with perinatal depression who used a specialized online tool showed improvement in symptoms, compared with controls who received routine care, based on data from 191 individuals. Although perinatal depression affects approximately 17% of pregnant women and 13% of postpartum women, the condition is often underrecognized and undertreated, Brian Danaher, PhD, of Influents Innovations, Eugene, Ore., and colleagues wrote. Meta-analyses have shown that e-health interventions based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can improve depression in general and perinatal depression in particular.
@niraj An e-health program known as the MomMoodBooster has demonstrated effectiveness at reducing postpartum depression, and the researchers evaluated the effectiveness of a perinatal version.
In a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the researchers randomized 95 pregnant women and 96 postpartum women who met screening criteria for depression to routine care for perinatal depression, which included a 24/7 crisis hotline and a referral network or PDP plus a version of the MomMoodBooster with a perinatal depression component (MMB2). Participants were aged 18 and older, with no active suicidal ideation. The average age was 32 years; 84% were non-Hispanic, 67% were White, and 94% were married or in a long-term relationship. During the 12 weeks, each of six sessions became accessible online in sequence.