Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership: help wanted

Katie Evans
Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership Project Co-ordinator and Clinical Research Fellow in Neonatal Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
katie.evans7@nhs.net

Chris Gale
Academic Neonatologist and Neonatal Society Meeting Secretary

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Keywords
postpartum depression; psychological screening; hospital anxiety and depression scale; thematic analysis
Key points
  1. Mothers on the NNU are at greater risk of psychological distress, which can have a detrimental impact on the baby and the family unit.
  2. Detecting psychological distress is vital.
  3. Staff interviews were conducted and thematically analysed. Results showed that the HADS was beneficial to mothers and clinical practice, and helpful for identifying and enhancing access to psychological support.

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