Title: Depression and anxiety in Singaporean high-risk pregnancies - prevalence and screening
year: 2013
Journal: Gen Hosp Psychiatry
Volume: 35
Issue: 2
Pages: 112-6
Epubdate: 26/12/2012
date: Mar-Apr
Alternate Journal: General hospital psychiatry
ISSN: 0163-8343
DOI: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2012.11.006
PMCID: PMC4157064
NIHMSID: NIHMS617232
Accession Number: 23265951
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Data on psychiatric morbidity in high-risk pregnant Singaporean women are limited. This study aimed to establish the prevalence of antenatal depression and anxiety in high-risk pregnancies, compare the prevalence of antenatal depression in high-risk pregnancies vs. pregnancies of unspecified obstetric risk and examine the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) as screening tools for these disorders. METHOD: Two hundred high-risk pregnant inpatients at a national public maternity hospital were included. Three psychometric assessment tools were used to evaluate all participants: the diagnostic Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview and the screening EPDS and STAI. RESULTS: Rates of major depression, minor depression, anxiety disorder (agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder), and comorbid depression and anxiety were 11%, 7%, 12.5% and 5%, respectively. Major depression was more prevalent in high-risk pregnancies than in the historical cohort of unspecified obstetric risk (11% versus 4.3%). EPDS (cutoff 8/9) screens well for depression and anxiety in high-risk pregnancies (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve=0.82-0.87). CONCLUSION: Antenatal depression and anxiety are highly prevalent in a sample of high-risk pregnant Singaporean women. EPDS performs well in screening for depression and anxiety in high-risk pregnant women, with further psychiatric assessment recommended for women with score >/= 9.
Notes: 1873-7714
Thiagayson, Pavaani
Krishnaswamy, Gita
Lim, May Li
Sung, Sharon Cohan
Haley, Charlotte Louise
Fung, Daniel Shuen Sheng
Allen, John Carson Jr
Chen, Helen
KL2 TR000160/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
United States
Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2013 Mar-Apr
35(2):112-6. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2012.11.006. Epub 2012 Dec 21.
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/4678
Authors Address: Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, 8 College Road, Singapore 169857, Singapore. pavaani@nus.edu.sg
Database Provider: NLM
language: eng
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