Volume 16/Issue 4, July 2020
Administering the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale within a neonatal unit
Christopher James Anderton, Bianca Thomas, Sarah Pestell, Nigel North
Within recent years there has been an emphasis on developing effective psychological screening for mothers within postnatal mental health services. This study builds upon a previous pilot study that introduced psychological assessment skills training to community midwives. Following this training, a local standard was implemented, requiring the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) to be administered at day two following birth, and then every ten days after this. The current study assesses the experiences of neonatal unit staff administering the HADS five years on.
Anderton CJ., Thomas B., Pestell S., North N. Administering the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale within a neonatal unit. Infant 2020; 16(4): 147-50.
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