Management of prenatal depression: Effectiveness of an online training module across health care disciplines

Jenn A. Leiferman, Charlotte V. Farewell, Angela E. Lee-Winn, Jennifer Jewell, Claire Ulrickson, Jennifer Huberty, James Paulson

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Abstract

Introduction: Maternal depression is associated with numerous deleterious maternal and child health outcomes. Although there are several treatment options for prenatal depression, many depressed women remain untreated. This study tested the effects of a low-intensity online training module on providers' attitudes, beliefs, and management practices of prenatal depression across a diverse group of providers. Methods: Health care providers who were providing care to pregnant women completed a 64-item survey consisting of items from the Management of Maternal Depression Inventory. Upon completion of the survey, providers were randomized into the intervention or the active control arm (wait-listed). The intervention consisted of an online training, which targeted knowledge and skills related to providing guidance on prenatal mood disorders. Approximately 6 to 8 weeks after randomization, all providers completed the survey again, and a general linear model framework was used to test change from baseline. Results: The final sample was comprised 74 compliant providers (intervention arm: n = 41; control arm: n = 33). Providers in the intervention arm reported significant increases in the sense of responsibility and self-efficacy when compared with their counterparts in the active control arm (all P < .001). Providers in the intervention arm also reported an increase in satisfaction related to communication with mental health specialists when compared with their counterparts in the active control arm (P = .05). Discussion: Our findings suggest that a brief, online training improved the attitudes, confidence, and communication of diverse providers related to the management of prenatal depression. Provider online training may help encourage patient-provider dialogue and in turn, enhance the management of prenatal depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-184
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

Keywords

  • Antenatal
  • Depression
  • Maternal
  • Online module
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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