Combining the Antenatal Risk Questionnaire and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in Early Pregnancy in Danish Antenatal Care-A Qualitative Descriptive Study

Lotte Broberg*, Jane M Bendix, Katrine Røhder, Ellen Løkkegaard, Mette Væver, Julie C Grew, Helle Johnsen, Mette Juhl, Vibeke de Lichtenberg, Michaela Schiøtz

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

Abstract

Pregnant women with a history of mental disorders, neglect, or low social support are at increased risk of mental health problems. It is crucial to identify psychosocial risk factors in early pregnancy to reduce the risk of short- and long-term health consequences for mother and child. The Antenatal Risk Questionnaire has been found acceptable as a psychosocial screening tool among pregnant women in Australia, but it has not been tested in a Scandinavian context. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of pregnant women when using the Antenatal Risk Questionnaire and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale as part of a model to identify psychosocial vulnerabilities in pregnancy in Denmark. We conducted individual interviews (n = 18) and used thematic analysis. We identified two main themes: (1) Feeling heard and (2) An occasion for self-reflection. Overall, the pregnant women deemed the online ANRQ/EPDS acceptable as a screening tool. The screening model provided a feeling of being heard and provided an occasion for self-reflection about mental health challenges related to pregnancy and motherhood. However, some women expressed that the screening raised concerns and fear of the consequences of answering honestly. A non-judgmental, open, emphatic, and reassuring approach by clinicians may help reduce stigma.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer454
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Vol/bind21
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)454
ISSN1661-7827
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 8 apr. 2024

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