Which self-report measure is most useful for postpartum depression screening in a primary care setting?
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The brief, self-report Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS) are screening tests well suited to a primary care setting. The EPDS is the most widely used and studied, although optimum cutoff scores vary depending on the population screened. The EPDS, available at no charge, has been validated with a range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups. (SOR B, based on systematic reviews of heterogeneous studies.)
Evidence Based Practice 11(8): 09-10.