How the poor health care during postpartum impact the diagnosis and poor
outcome of Postpartum Depression in American women?
THESIS: Postpartum Depression is an underrated
problem in the American health care System that it is often undiagnosed and not
Audience: Health
care professionals.
Why this topic? / Purpose: It is estimated that 10% to 20% of new moms in America experience postpartum depression,
according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore,
studies have found that up to 50% of cases may go undiagnosed. Suicide is a
leading cause of death in the United States during the postpartum period,
accounting for about 20% of postpartum deaths.
Despite its
prevalence, there is no an intentional approved screening process, so it is
essential for health care professionals to assess, diagnose, and investigate
the disease in women during the postpartum period in order to offer and
effective referral, treatment and further follow up.