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A Blended Cognitive–Behavioral Intervention for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, Rua do Colégio Novo, 3000-115 Coimbra, Portugal
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(22), 8631; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228631
Received: 11 September 2020 / Revised: 16 November 2020 / Accepted: 18 November 2020 / Published: 20 November 2020
Despite the existence of effective treatment for postpartum depression, few women seek professional help, indicating the need for a new and innovative format of treatment that can overcome help-seeking barriers. This article presents the study protocol for a blended cognitive–behavioral intervention for the treatment of postpartum depression, by integrating face-to-face sessions with a web-based program (Be a Mom) into one treatment protocol. This study will be a two-arm, noninferiority randomized controlled trial comparing blended intervention to usual treatment for postpartum depression provided in healthcare centers. Portuguese postpartum adult women diagnosed with postpartum depression (according to the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder) will be recruited during routine care appointments in local healthcare centers and will be eligible to participate. Measures will be completed at baseline, postintervention, and at three- and six-month follow-ups. The primary outcome will be depressive symptoms. Secondary outcomes will include anxiety symptoms, fatigue, quality of life, marital satisfaction, maternal self-efficacy, and mother–child bonding. Cost-effectiveness analysis and mediator and moderator analysis will be conducted. This study will provide insight into the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a blended psychological intervention in the Portuguese context and increase the empirically validated treatment options for postpartum depression. View Full-Text
Keywords: postpartum depression; cognitive–behavioral therapy; blended treatment; Be a Mom; study protocol postpartum depression; cognitive–behavioral therapy; blended treatment; Be a Mom; study protocol
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Branquinho, M.; Canavarro, M.C.; Fonseca, A. A Blended Cognitive–Behavioral Intervention for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8631. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228631

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Branquinho M, Canavarro MC, Fonseca A. A Blended Cognitive–Behavioral Intervention for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(22):8631. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228631

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Branquinho, Mariana, Maria C. Canavarro, and Ana Fonseca. 2020. "A Blended Cognitive–Behavioral Intervention for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 22: 8631. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228631

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