Clinical Trial

Group CBT for PPD in the Public Health Setting

Study Description

Group CBT for PPD in the Public Health Setting

Postpartum depression (PPD) affects over 14,000 women in Ontario each year and can have profound effects on mothers, their children, and their families. The cost of one case of PPD exceeds $150,000, a significant proportion of which is related to its impact on offspring. However, difficulties accessing preferred treatments (e.g., psychotherapy) result in fewer than 15% of women receiving care. While Public Health Units have played an important role in PPD detection in Ontario, Public Health Nurses (PHNs) currently lack the skills to deliver evidence-based treatment to women. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) delivered in group format is effective for treating depression in the perinatal period, and as PHNs are often the first point of contact for women experiencing PPD, with specialized training it is likely that they can deliver high-quality CBT. The primary objective of this study is to determine if PHNs can be trained to deliver group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to acutely treat PPD, reduce relapse and recurrence, improve mother-infant attachment and parenting and optimize infant emotional functioning.


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No pharmaceutical medication involved No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only Recruiting patients only

Behavioral - Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

9 weekly 2-hour group CBT sessions delivered by 2 trained Public Health Nurses.

Behavioral - Postnatal Care As Usual

Postnatal care as usual will involve treatment from their family physician and midwife or obstetrician, and voluntary participation in programs offered by Niagara Region Public Health and in the community.

Additional Information

Official Study Title

Impact of Public Health Nurse Delivered Group CBT for Postpartum Depression on Women and Their Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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