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Letters Postpartum depression

NICE may be discouraging detection of postpartum depression

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:550
  1. James C Coyne, professor of psychology in psychiatry (,
  2. Alex J Mitchell, consultant in liaison psychiatry2
  1. 1University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
  2. 2Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends these questions for routinely screening pregnant and postpartum women for depression: has she been sad or blue for at least two weeks; has she had anhedonia for that period; …

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