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Revista Medica Herediana

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MASIAS SALINAS, María Alejandra  and  ARIAS GALLEGOS, Walter L. Prevalence of postpartum depression in Arequipa, Peru. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.4, pp.226-231. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objectives: To determine the prevalence of postpartum depression in puerperal women in the city of Arequipa. Methods: A descriptive study was conducted in 113 puerperal women that attended peripheral health care centers for postpartum control. Edinburgh scale for depression was used after getting inform consent. Psychometric properties of the tool were evaluated. Results: Our results indicate that 41% of mothers are not at risk of postpartum depression; 14% are at risk and 45% have symptoms of postpartum depression; the degree of education was inversely correlated with postpartum depression and we did not find statistical association with route of delivery and marital status. Conclusions: We conclude that 45% of puerperal women evaluated had depression and that the degree of education inversely correlated with it.

Keywords : Depression postpartum; parturient women; family.

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