Depression screening

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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The fat studies reader

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Esther Rothblum, Ed.
Sondra Solovay, Ed.
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NYU Press
Publication Date: 
2009
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New York, NY, USA

A collection of 53 essays from the growing movement known as ‘fat studies’, exploring a wide range of topics related to body weight, related to sexism, racism, homophobia and many other angles. Contains one chapter on research done in Canada: “Not Jane Fonda: Aerobics for Fat Women Only”.

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ISBN: 9780814776315
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Includes bibliographical references, appendices and index. 448 pages. 21 illustrations.

There is a public health crisis—it’s not fat on the body but fat in the mind and the fat of profits

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Susie Orbach
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Volume 35, Issue 1, pp. 67-69
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International Journal of Epidemiology
Publication Date: 
2005

The author of Fat is a Feminist Issue argues that the way obesity is being framed as a “crisis” or “epidemic” is stigmatizing overweight people and adding dangerously to disordered eating, which itself is a serious public health emergency. 

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Global database on body mass index

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World Health Organization

The global epidemic of overweight and obesity - "globesity" - is rapidly becoming a major public health problem in many parts of the world. Paradoxically coexisting with undernutrition in developing countries, the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity is associated with many diet-related chronic diseases including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension and certain cancers.

This database provides both national and sub-national adult underweight, overweight and obesity prevalence rates by country, year of survey and gender. The information is presented interactively as maps, tables, graphs and downloadable documents. These can be accessed by clicking on the respective tabs above; then the data can be displayed after selecting the country, year and indicator 

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Incident arthritis in relation to excess weight

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Incidence de l'arthrite par rapport au surpoids
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Kathryn Wilkins
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Statistics Canada
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Finds that women have a much higher likelihood of suffering from arthritis than men, and that, for both women and men, obesity is a risk factor for arthritis.

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Preventing obesity in women of all ages: a public health priority

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Catherine Lombard
Helena Teede
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Volume 54, Special Issue
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Diabetes Voice, pp. 23-25
Publication Date: 
May 2009
Publication Place: 
Brussels, Belgium

Discusses how no risk factor or disease association is stronger than the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes, and that women are far more likely than men to develop type 2 diabetes if they are overweight or obese.

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Obesity, overweight, and ethnicity

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Mark Tremblay,
Claudio Pérez
Chris Ardern
Shirley Bryan
Peter Katzmarzyk
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Statistics Canada
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Examines the differences in obesity and overweight between men and women by ethnic origin. Finds that Aboriginal women had twice the odds of being overweight or obese as white women, while East/Southeast Asian, South Asian and West Asian/Arab women had lower odds. 

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Obesity in Canada

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L’obésité au Canada
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Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Finds some significant differences between women and men when looking at obesity, showing, for example, that income is more strongly related to obesity for women than for men. Also finds that income, rural residence and minority status (mainly Aboriginal) are related to obesity in women and men even when controlling for health (or lifestyle) behaviours, such as inactivity, fruit and vegetable consumption and alcohol use. Their analysis of obesity is limited, as the authors note, by fact that data on “access to healthy foods and food outlets, consumption of traditional diets, caloric density, marketing of foods and beverages high in sugar and fat to children, and portion sizes have not been considered in the analysis.” The report was also limited by other factors, such as the fact that those not reporting body mass index (BMI) measurement (e.g. pregnant women) were excluded

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ISBN: 978-1-100-18133-2
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Includes bibliographical references.
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