Postpartum depression (PPD) is defined as the presence of depressed mood or decreased interest or pleasure for at least 2 weeks after giving birth. This dangerous complication affects approximately 10%–15% of women in the world. The fact that PPD is underdiagnosed is related to providers' lack of knowledge on the issue. Nurse practitioners (NPs) can serve a vital role by screening, providing patient education, and implementing prompt treatment.
A PPD education curriculum for NP students is lacking. After the development of a multimedia presentation regarding PPD, a one group, pretest–posttest pilot study was conducted with 35 participants, who then assessed the efficacy of the presentation. Analysis of the pretest and posttest scores revealed that the education improved students' knowledge of PPD. In order to substantiate widespread use of this presentation, further research utilizing a larger sample size and a comparison group is essential.
|Commitee:||Coster, Gail, VanOtterloo, Lucy|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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