Navigation Links
Many poor pregnant women with HIV go untreated for depression
Date:6/12/2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.It seems logical that programs to screen and manage depression in pregnant, HIV-positive Medicaid patients should already be in place, but they aren't.

It's the kind of glaring oversight that Rajesh Balkrishnan, associate professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, said he finds all the time in his research on health disparities. Balkrishnan also has an appointment in the School of Public Health.

"We find that many of these things are such common sense that they should already be in place and being done," said Balkrishnan. "Yet, time and again, we find nothing is being done, though these problems exist."

In a recent paper, Balkrishnan and co-authors found that roughly 28 percent of the low-income, HIV-positive pregnant women reported depression. The numbers could be much higher because the study only captured the women who were being treated for depression.

About 20 percent of the 431 African-American women and 43 percent of the 219 white women in the study reported depression. However, the incidence of depression could be higher for African-American womentwice as many of whom are on Medicaid and pregnant compared to whites, Balkrishnan said.

Previous studies have shown that African-American women are less likely to seek treatment or report depressive symptoms in the first place; are more likely to report physician stereotyping and sometimes a general mistrust of physicians and the medical community; and do not receive the same quality of care as white women.

This means if they do report depression, they may not be taken seriously or receive the best treatments, Balkrishnan said. Physicians also have reported feeling undertrained to communicate with African-American and nonwhite women about depression.

"Because African-American women are less likely to seek treatment for their depression, it makes it even more of an issue," Balkrishnan said. "Basically, the takeaway is that depression is very common in this very vulnerable population. I think we need to make sure depression is screened and treated in this population."

Left untreated, depression can lead to suicide or substance abuse that could harm the mother or the fetus, or both.


'/>"/>
Contact: Laura Bailey
baileylm@umich.edu
734-647-1848
University of Michigan
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Overweight Pregnant Women at Higher Risk for Complications
2. Breathing Smog While Pregnant May Worsen Asthma in Offspring
3. Vitamin C improves pulmonary function in newborns of pregnant smoking women
4. Vitamin C improves lung function in newborns of pregnant smoking women
5. Viewers family background affects how they react to MTV shows 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom
6. Fewer Stillbirths Among Pregnant Women Vaccinated Against Flu
7. Taller, Heavier Women May Face Higher Ovarian Cancer Risk
8. 62 percent of men and 37 percent of women over the age of 65 are sexually active
9. Obese White Women Shying Away From Colon Cancer Screening
10. Study: Women not getting enough exercise; at risk of developing metabolic syndrome
11. Timing pregnancy an important health concern for women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/26/2017)... , ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... in Hackensack, N.J. has been honored by Enterprising Women magazine as one of ... the world’s top women business owners. Winners have demonstrated that they have fast-growth ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... Want to learn more ... CRISPRCas.pioneer.com ) that demonstrates how this advanced plant breeding technology is a more ... with fewer resources. It highlights the business’ principles, research and collaboration efforts in ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... Splashtop ... Mirroring360 Pro . This new addition to the Mirroring360 product family combines device ... business. , Mirroring360 Pro enables educators, business professionals and individuals to stream or ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... 25, 2017 , ... A recent report from the Wisconsin ... the 2015-16 school year across Wisconsin’s public schools, charter schools, and private schools ... in student test score performance, the report’s limited analyses fail to provide answers ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... in unveiling cutting-edge birth defects research related to Zika virus during pregnancy, as ... premier society for this important science. , The Teratology Society ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... 2017 Global Surgical Drainage Device Market: Overview ... to remove excess liquid and air. The fluid to ... or lymph. Surgical drains are used in a wide ... surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery etc. Common use ... accumulation of fluid e.g. blood or pus. Surgical drains ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017 ... stimulate an immune response in pets such as ... products are of various types such as Attenuated ... Toxoid Vaccines, DNA Vaccines and Recombinant Vaccines. Attenuated ... as virus or bacteria, which have been weakend ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... , April 18, 2017 Cogentix Medical, ... on providing the Urology, Uro/Gyn and Gynecology markets with ... the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 after the ... The Company will host a conference call and ... on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: