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Validation of the Lithuanian version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

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Institute of Physiology and Rehabilitation, Kaunas University of Medicine, Lithuania
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Medicina 2009, 45(7), 544; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina45070072
Received: 28 April 2008 / Accepted: 7 July 2009 / Published: 12 July 2009
Depression is prevalent postpartum and is a major health problem.
Objective
. In this study, we aimed to evaluate how precise the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is in screening for depressive disorders postpartum.
Materials and methods
. A random sample of 94 women was interviewed two weeks postpartum using the Composite International Diagnostics Interview Short-Form (CIDI-SF). In addition, they filled in the EPDS. We evaluated (a) internal consistency of the EPDS by the means of Cronbach’s alpha coefficient; (b) area under the ROC curve, sensitivity, specificity of the EPDS against the CIDI-SF diagnoses of depressive disorders.
Results. The internal consistency of the EPDS was 0.83. The optimal cutoff score of the EPDS for screening CIDI-SF diagnoses of depressive disorders was found to be 7 and more with an area under the ROC curve of 0.83, sensitivity of 92%, and specificity of 73%.
Conclusions. The EPDS has a good reliability as a screening instrument, and a cutoff score of 7 and more has to be used in screening for postpartum depressive disorders.
Keywords: postnatal depression; the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale; validity; sensitivity; area under the ROC curve postnatal depression; the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale; validity; sensitivity; area under the ROC curve
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Bunevičius, A.; Kusminskas, L.; Bunevičius, R. Validation of the Lithuanian version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Medicina 2009, 45, 544.

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