Support and Training to Enhance Primary Care for Postpartum Depression

Assessing PPD

This module is designed to prepare providers to effectively screen and assess patients for postpartum depression (PPD). Using a systematic and multidisciplinary approach, the screening and assessment approaches included in this module are designed to circumvent common challenges healthcare providers face, including limited time for patient visits, competing time demands, and lack of adequate resources.

Learning Objectives

After reviewing this module, providers should be able to:

  • List three common screening tools and basic pros and cons to using each tool
  • Administer and score a standardized screening tool, ask follow-up questions, and evaluate whether further assessment is necessary
  • Conduct a clinical interview and employ diagnostic criteria to diagnose or rule out PPD
  • Develop a screening and assessment protocol
  • Identify common barriers to screening and assessment, and one or two methods to overcoming such barriers
  • Initiate a consultant referral network and identify three to four circumstances in which a referral is necessary.

Table of Content

  1. Importance of Screening and Assessment
  2. Effective PPD Screening
    1. Selecting a Standardized Screening Tool
    2. Standardized Screening Tools
  3. Assessment
    1. Clinical Interview
    2. Assessing Suicidal Thoughts or Intentions
    3. Diagnosis
    4. Making the Decision to Refer
  4. Overcoming Barriers and Targeted Methods
  5. Making Screening and Assessment Routine
  6. Referral And Consultation
    1. Establishing a Referral-Consultation Network
    2. Consulting With Other Primary Care Providers
    3. Consulting With Mental Health Specialists
    4. Consulting With Individuals in the Patient's Support Network