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Postpartum depression: literature review of risk factors and interventions

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Donna E. Stewart
Phil Robertson
Cindy-Lee Dennis
Sherry L. Grace
Tamara Wallington
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University Health Network Women’s Health Program
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Argues that problems with existing screening tools for postpartum depression make it difficult to recommend them for routine screening. Concludes that depression screening “must be combined with systemic paths for referral of cases and well defined and implemented care plans to achieve outcome benefits.”

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289 p. Includes bibliographical references.

Postnatal depression and screening: too broad a sweep?

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Margaret Oates
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53(493): pp. 596-597
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British Journal of General Practice
Publication Date: 
2003

A critique of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, the primary test used to screen women for postnatal depression. Finds that there is a high risk of misdiagnosing women with this test - and the false positives (30-70%) could lead to unnecessary and inappropriate treatment.

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A systematic review of studies validating the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in antepartum and postpartum women

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J. Gibson
K. McKenzie-McHarg
J. Shakespeare
J. Price
R. Gray
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119(5): pp. 50-64
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Acta Psychiatra Scandinavica
Publication Date: 
May 2009

Examines the the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) which is widely used to screen women for postpartum depression, and concludes that it may not be an equally valid screening tool across all settings and contexts.

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Screening: Chapter 9, Part 3 - Practice: Improving Health

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Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

A primer for medical students looking at the pros and cons of screening, examining the ethical issues of overscreening and who profits from promoting the tests. From AFMC's Primer on Population Health.

Literature review on effective sex- and gender-based systems/models of care

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Christine Brittle
Chloe E. Bird
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U.S. Office on Women’s Health
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2007
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Washington DC

A review of effective sex- and gender based systems/models of healthcare within and outside the US.

 

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Sex, lies & pharmaceuticals: how drug companies plan to profit from “female sexual dysfunction” (webinar)

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Canadian Women’s Health Network, 2010
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2010
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Winnipeg, MB

Drug assessment specialist Dr. Barbara Mintzes looks at the ways women’s sexual difficulties are being repackaged as symptoms of a disorder called “female sexual dysfunction” in order to feed a marketing machine that promises to “cure” it. Dr. Mintzes and Ray Moynihan co-authored the book, Sex, Lies, and Pharmaceuticals.

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Uninformed compliance or informed choice? A needed shift in our approach to cancer screening

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Michael Edward Stefanek
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Journal of the National Cancer Institute
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2011

Argues for more efforts to educate screening candidates about the harms and benefits of cancer screening in general, and to engage in shared (doctor and patient) decision making about taking the tests. (Abstract only.)

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What you should know about medical screening

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Alan Cassels
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The Tyee
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June 20, 2011

A series of articles by the author of Seeking Sickness and co-author of Selling Sickness, examining the issues of unnecessary medical screening. Argues that pharmaceutical companies are driving the increased push for screening. 

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‘Get with the Program!’: pharmaceutical marketing, symptom checklists and self-diagnosis

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Mary Ebeling
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73(6):825-32
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Social Science and Medicine
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July 26, 2011

Reviews and analyzes disease awareness campaigns sponsored by pharmaceutical companies that use self-diagnostic tools. Uses the example of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) to discuss how the marketing of self-diagnosis can change the patient into a consumer to achieve the aims of drug companies. (Abstract only)

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Abstract only is available without subscription. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.05.054.

Legal drug-pushing: how disease mongers keep us all doped up

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John-Manuel Andriote
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The Atlantic
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April 2, 2012

Argues that pharmaceutical companies increase consumer demand for more screening and medications by manipulating our fear of suffering and death. 

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