The Effect of Peer Support on Postpartum Depression: A Pilot Randomized, Controlled Trial

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148181
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Presentation
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The Effect of Peer Support on Postpartum Depression: A Pilot Randomized, Controlled Trial
Abstract:
The Effect of Peer Support on Postpartum Depression: A Pilot Randomized, Controlled Trial
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Author:Dennis, Cindy-Lee, RN, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Toronto
Title:Assistant Professor
Objective: (1) to evaluate the effect of peer (mother-to-mother) support on postpartum depression (PPD) among high-risk mothers, and (2) to assess the feasibility of conducting a larger trial to evaluate the effect of peer support in the prevention of PPD. Design: Pilot randomized controlled trial. Sample: 42 mothers identified with probable postpartum depression through screening at 8 weeks postpartum. Variables: peer (mother-to-mother) support and depressive symptomatology. Methods: Participants were randomly allocated to either a control group (usual postpartum care) or an experimental group (usual postpartum care plus telephone-based support from another mother who previously experienced postpartum depression and participated in a 4-hour training session). Results: At the 4-week assessment, 40.9% (n = 9) of mothers in the control group scored > 12 on the EPDS in comparison to only 10% (n = 2) in the experimental group. Similar findings were found at the 8-week assessment where 52.4% (n = 11) of mothers in the control group scored >12 on the EPDS in comparison to 15% (n = 3) of mothers in the experimental group. Conclusion: The telephone-based peer support intervention may be effective in decreasing depressive symptomatology among new mothers. The high maternal satisfaction with and acceptance of the intervention suggests a larger trial would be feasible. Implications: The results from this pilot work: (1) develop the body of knowledge concerning the effect of a psychosocial (peer support) intervention on PPD, (2) advance our understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of using peer volunteers as a complementary form of health care, and (3) guide the development of a proposal for a larger RCT.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Effect of Peer Support on Postpartum Depression: A Pilot Randomized, Controlled Trialen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148181-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Effect of Peer Support on Postpartum Depression: A Pilot Randomized, Controlled Trial</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Dennis, Cindy-Lee, RN, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Toronto</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cindylee.dennis@utoronto.ca</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: (1) to evaluate the effect of peer (mother-to-mother) support on postpartum depression (PPD) among high-risk mothers, and (2) to assess the feasibility of conducting a larger trial to evaluate the effect of peer support in the prevention of PPD. Design: Pilot randomized controlled trial. Sample: 42 mothers identified with probable postpartum depression through screening at 8 weeks postpartum. Variables: peer (mother-to-mother) support and depressive symptomatology. Methods: Participants were randomly allocated to either a control group (usual postpartum care) or an experimental group (usual postpartum care plus telephone-based support from another mother who previously experienced postpartum depression and participated in a 4-hour training session). Results: At the 4-week assessment, 40.9% (n = 9) of mothers in the control group scored &gt; 12 on the EPDS in comparison to only 10% (n = 2) in the experimental group. Similar findings were found at the 8-week assessment where 52.4% (n = 11) of mothers in the control group scored &gt;12 on the EPDS in comparison to 15% (n = 3) of mothers in the experimental group. Conclusion: The telephone-based peer support intervention may be effective in decreasing depressive symptomatology among new mothers. The high maternal satisfaction with and acceptance of the intervention suggests a larger trial would be feasible. Implications: The results from this pilot work: (1) develop the body of knowledge concerning the effect of a psychosocial (peer support) intervention on PPD, (2) advance our understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of using peer volunteers as a complementary form of health care, and (3) guide the development of a proposal for a larger RCT.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:41:27Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:41:27Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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