Professor John Cox has revisited his seminal works on the EPDS and the editorial in the Archives of Women’s Mental Health has a ten-point supplement to the manual. Prof Cox asked our opinions on the paper and I helped to formulate points 7 and 8.
7. When using the EPDS as an aid to assessment, or in universal or targeted screening, remember that its administration must be supervised by a trained health professional with access to mental health services
8. When used to assess a mother in the community, the practitioner should discuss the responses with her, listen to her story, ascertain whether clinical depression or another mental disorder is present – and consider referral and / or further listening visits
To view the full paper: Arch Womens Ment Health https://doi.org/10.1007/s00737-017-0789-7