Postpartum depression screening: Educating the bedside nurse
Nadia M. Carrasco, BS, BSN, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM
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Purposes/Aims: The purpose of this applied project is to develop a learning module based on best practices to educate nurses about postpartum depression and postpartum depression screening in inpatient postpartum maternity units. The goal of the project is to improve the assessment and timely referral for postpartum women who are experiencing postpartum depression.
Rationale/Background: Postpartum depression continues to be a common mental health disorder that affects 15% to 20% of women in their childbearing years. The literature validates the need for postpartum depression screening. Assessment for postpartum depression in the hospital maternity unit offers the earliest opportunity to detect and manage this condition, yet healthcare professionals face barriers with screening and identifying women in this setting.
Undertaking/best practice/approach/methods/process: A teaching module was created which addressed (1) the barriers to postpartum depression screening in inpatient settings; (2) how to screen; (3) when to refer women if postpartum depression is identified; and 4) documentation. Experts on postpartum depression were recruited to review the training module. Recommendations from the experts were used to further modify the learning module.
Outcomes achieved/documented: With the input of the expert reviewers, the learning module was finalized and ready for implementation. A pre-test will be administered to obtain staffs’ baseline knowledge of postpartum depression, and the results will be compared with a post-test to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning module.
Conclusion: The learning module will serve as an educational platform for healthcare professionals. The module will not only focus on postpartum depression education but it will also evaluate the screening, identification, referral, and documentation processes of postpartum depression.
|None: Degree-based Submission
|Translational Research/Evidence-based Practice
|Postpartum Depression Screening;
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale;
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