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Counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy reduce anxiety and depression in women with postnatal depression

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Q Are clinic-based psychological sessions (counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy) more effective than routine care for women with postnatal depression?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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Single (outcome assessors blinded).

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Twelve weeks.

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Forty seven maternal and child health centres, northern metropolitan Melbourne and rural eastern Victoria, Australia.

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192 women (mean age 30 years) attending postnatal consultations 6–8 weeks after giving birth and diagnosed with minor or major depression (DSM-IV). Exclusions: non-English speaking; unable to give informed consent; other psychiatric disorder or major medical problem; already involved in a psychological programme; <37 or >42 weeks of pregnancy; birth weight of baby <2.5 kg; birth defect; or needing immediate …

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  • For correspondence: Jeannette Milgrom, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Austin Health, 330 Heidelberg Heights, Victoria 3081, Australia; jeannette.milgrom{at}

  • Sources of funding: National Health and Medical Research Council and Austin Hospital Medical Research Foundation, Australia.

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