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Depressed, pregnant women receive inconsistent treatment, have longer hospital stays
Date:6/16/2011

ng to develop and test tailored educational interventions in perinatal depression care, in hopes of quickly implementing the content into clinical practice.

Palladino is applying for a Health Resources and Services Administration grant to test the curriculum and intervention at other locations as well.

An earlier study led by Palladino discovered that depressed women had significantly longer-than-average hospital stays: more than 24 hours prior to delivery.

"That's a long time for an otherwise healthy woman to be in the hospital before going into labor," Palladino said. "It has serious consequences for the mother, for the family and for the hospital system in terms of time and cost."

The study, published in the Journal of Women's Health and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also confirmed previous research linking depression to an increased risk of complications such as pre-term delivery, pre-eclampsia, premature membrane rupture and gestational diabetes.

"I was in a fantastic residency program, but treating depression during pregnancy wasn't even on the map at the time," Palladino said, noting that many OB-GYN residency programs still lack mental health training. "This has become my passion."


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Contact: Sharron Walls
swalls@georgiahealth.edu
706-721-8605
Georgia Health Sciences University
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