'Henshaw (psychiatry, University of Keele, UK) and Elliott
(consultant clinical psychologist, St Thomas' Hospital, UK) provide
guidance for health care professionals on the controversies
surrounding screening for perinatal depression and on good practice
in the use of screening tools. International contributors, with
backgrounds in psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nursing,
midwifery, and social work, discuss the advantages and drawbacks of
the available screening methods, and investigate women's
perceptions of the usefulness of screening. Ethnic minority
experiences and screening programs in developing countries are also
considered.'- Book News'The book considers a variety of issues and
identifies agreement in ideas and continuing debates. Whether the
reader is concerned with women's views of screening, the role of
the midwife, screening in the US, Australia or developing
countries, screening of women with serious mental illness, Black
Caribbean women's views of screening, health visitor intuition and
much more, there is something here for them. Each chapter, often
drawing on the author's own work, stands on its own. Tutors,
researchers, practitioners and students should be able to use the
relevant parts to challenge their thinking, reflect on their
practice and ask yet more questions about this significant
subject.'- Community PractitionerScreening for perinatal depression
is now widely undertaken in the UK and Europe and is attracting
increasing attention. This much-needed text provides guidance for
health care professionals on the issues and controversies
surrounding screening and on good practice in the use of screening
tests.An international author team with backgrounds in psychiatry,
psychology, medicine and nursing has been brought together to
discuss the available screening methods, their advantages and
drawbacks. The authors investigate women's perceptions of the
accessibility and usefulness of screening and of the roles of
professionals (e.g. primary care staff and health visitors), and
also look at ethnic minority women's experiences of health
services. The role of the UK National Screening Committee is
explored, along with the problems faced when implementing screening
programmes in developing countries.This comprehensive and practical
book will enable mental health professionals, social workers and
health visitors to provide sensitive and informed services to women
at risk of perinatal depression.
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