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Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale


Description

This 10-question scale is a valuable and efficient way of identifying patients at risk for postnatal depression. It is easy to administer and has proven to be an effective screening tool.

Mothers who score above 13 are likely to be suffering from a depressive illness of varying severity. The score should not, however, override clinical judgment; a careful clinical assessment should be carried out to confirm the diagnosis. The scale indicates how the mother has felt during the previous week; in doubtful cases it may be useful to repeat the tool after 2 weeks.

The scale will not detect mothers with anxiety neuroses, phobias, or personality disorders.
Links to the Tool:
This tool is available at: http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/pediatrics/downloads/edinburghscale.pdf (If you don't have the software to open this PDF, download free Adobe Acrobat ReaderĀ® software External Web Site Policy.)

Developer

Cox, J.L., Holden, J.M. and Sagovsky, R.

Funding Sources

University of Edinburgh


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History

  • Release Date: 06/1987
  • Original Summary: 04/2009
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Last updated: June 22, 2009.