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What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women's Experience with Prescribing Providers
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Linda F. Weinreb, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Nancy Byatt, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Tiffany A. Moore Simas, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Karen Tenner, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Judith A. Savageau, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; School of Medicine; Senior Scholars Program
Publication Date
9-1-2014
Document Type
Article
Abstract

This exploratory study completed interviews with 25 depressed pregnant women who had prior depression, and when becoming pregnant, were receiving depression medication or tried to get mental health care. Seventy one percent of women were more than 25 weeks gestation at the time of the interview. Thirty-five percent of women were not receiving treatment. While 94 % told their provider of their pregnancy, 36 % had no opportunity to discuss the risks and benefits of continued pharmacotherapy; 42 % had no opportunity to continue pharmacotherapy. Some providers may be reluctant to treat depressed pregnant women, creating a potential barrier to their receipt of needed care.

Keywords
  • UMCCTS funding
DOI of Published Version
10.1007/s11126-014-9293-7
Source
Psychiatr Q. 2014 Sep;85(3):349-55. doi: 10.1007/s11126-014-9293-7. Link to article on publisher's site
Comments

Karen Tenner participated in this study as a medical student as part of the Senior Scholars research program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Related Resources
Link to Article in PubMed
PubMed ID
24682626
Citation Information
Linda F. Weinreb, Nancy Byatt, Tiffany A. Moore Simas, Karen Tenner, et al.. "What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women's Experience with Prescribing Providers" Vol. 85 Iss. 3 (2014) ISSN: 0033-2720 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nancy_byatt/27/