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Preterm delivery is more likely in women with depressive symptoms

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 28 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2312
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Women who have depressive symptoms early in pregnancy are more likely to deliver their babies prematurely than those without such symptoms, a new study has found.

    The large US, non-profit healthcare group Kaiser Permanente, which was behind the study, had already begun using a simple questionnaire to screen for depressive symptoms in pregnant women in a pilot project in northern California and is expecting to using it more widely, said the study’s lead author, De-Kun Li, senior research scientist at the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Oakland, California.

    The study reported that 41% of women in early pregnancy had significant depressive symptoms and 22% had severe symptoms. In comparison …

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