Perinatal and Postpartum Depression
We are very pleased to announce the release of the MGH Perinatal Depression Scale available free of charge on the App Store (https://appsto.re/us/-3X4jb.i). The MGHPDS smartphone app includes digital versions of perinatal depression screening tools including the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) as well as other instruments which measure relevant symptoms associated with peripartum psychiatric illness: sleep disturbance, anxiety and perceived stress.
Those who download the app and who complete the included instruments may also consent to share their scores on these instruments with researchers at the Center for Women’s Mental Health (womensmentalhealth.org) with the ultimate goal of developing a short version of the scale with greater specificity than what is currently available. As screening for perinatal depression becomes increasingly common across the country and globally, easy to use screening tools including digital versions which can be readily used on smartphones and other digital devices may lead to even more widespread and accurate screening of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and hopefully improved clinical outcomes for patients.
We welcome feedback and questions from users at [email protected].
Lee S. Cohen, M.D.