Muhammad Muslim Khan, Abdul Hanan, Muhammad Tahir, Fatima, Shafique M, Syed Shahmeer Raza.
Frequency Of Postpartum Depression In Women Attending Fauji Foundation Hospital Peshawar.
J Med Sci Jan ;23(4):190-3.

Objective: To evaluate the frequency of Pospartum Depression in patients attending Postnatal Clinic in Fauji Foundation Hospital, Peshawar. Material & Methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in Gynaecology, Psychiatry and Medical OPD of Fauji Foundation Hospital from January 2011 to June 2012. A sample of 139 women attending the postnatal clinic within 6 weeks of their delivery were included using consecutive, non-probability sampling and screened through the Urdu version of Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) with a cutoff score of 11. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 16. Results: Out of 139 participants, 51 (36.69%) were found to be suffering from Postnatal Depression. Of the total participants, 88 (63.3%) were from age group 18-35 years. We found that class 8 students 18 (35.3%) is showing the maximum EPDS score. 32 (62.7%) participants having >11 score have delivered their babies through spontaneous vaginal delivery and 35 (68.6%) participants with high EPDS score shows no medical complication during pregnancy. Conclusion: Postnatal period is a period of vulnerability for women to develop postpartum psychiatric illnesses especially postpartum depression and psychosis; therefore the healthcare providers must pay immediate attention to this issue and devise measures for effective screening and management of these cases.

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