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Recommendation details

Recommendation ID: CG45/5
Question: Case finding for depression:- A validation study should be undertaken of the ‚??Whooley questions‚?? (During the past month, have you often been bothered by feeling down, depressed or hopeless? During the past month, have you often been bothered by having little interest or pleasure in doing things?) in women in the first postnatal year, examining the questions‚?? effectiveness when used by midwives and health visitors compared with a psychiatric interview.
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Why this is important:- Depression in the first postnatal year is relatively common and may have a lasting impact on the woman, her baby and other family members. Case finding is most conveniently undertaken by healthcare professionals in regular contact with women, but they do not traditionally have training in mental health. The Whooley questions appear to offer a relatively quick and convenient way of case finding for healthcare professionals who are not specialists in mental health.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance: Antenatal and postnatal mental health
Number: CG45
Date issued: Feb 2007

Research needed into:

Effectiveness of treatment: No
Cost of treatment: No
Implementation of treatment: No
Quality of life: No
Methods of research: Yes

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research?: No
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?: No
Recommendation priority: Unrated
Recommendation status: Research Pending
Notes: Numbers removed. Titles integrated
Date this record updated: 30-04-2010

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