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Predicting postnatal mental disorder with a screening questionnaire : a prospective cohort study from Zimbabwe

PATEL, Vikram
ACUDA, Wilson

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Post-natal mental disorders are common causes of morbidity but are rarely diagnosed or treated in busy primary care clinics in developing countries. This study aimed to determine whether a brief psychiatric screening questionnaire used in the eighth month of pregnancy could predict post-natal mental disorder. It was concluded that such a brief method of detecting women at high risk of developing a post-natal mental disorder can be used with reasonable accuracy


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