Mental health care use in relation to depressive symptoms among pregnant women in the USA

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Department of Psychiatry; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Vulnerable Populations; Department of Surgery; Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center



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Female Urogenital Diseases and Pregnancy Complications | Mental and Social Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Women's Health


We examined mental health care use in relation to depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) >/=10) among a nationally representative sample of pregnant women using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2012. Logistic regression models estimated crude and adjusted odds ratios for mental health care use in the past year in relation to depressive symptoms. While 8.2 % (95 % CI 4.6-11.8) of pregnant women were depressed, only 12 % (95 % CI 1.8-22.1) of these women reported mental health care use in the past year.

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Citation: Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Feb;19(1):187-91. doi: 10.1007/s00737-015-0524-1. Epub 2015 Apr 7. Link to article on publisher's site

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