Screening Protocol for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders for Primary Care Providers

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the most common mental health conditions encountered by women of reproductive age. One in seven women will experience perinatal depression and approximately 15% of women will experience perinatal anxiety disorder. Despite the relatively common occurrence of these mental health conditions screening and treatment are not a routine part of perinatal care.

In 2018, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) facilitated a yearlong research and vetting process in order to create a Montana made screening protocol specific to Primary Care Providers focused on depression and anxiety.  While the document is focused on primary care settings, the information provided can be used by a variety of professionals, as well as for personal education and care.

Project Overview

The protocol includes a large amount of information for a variety of audiences.  This includes:

Choosing a Screening Tool

Establishing the Screening Workflow

How to Administer Screening Tools

How to Respond to a Positive Screening Result

Helpful Questions for Talking about Perinatal Mental Health

Additional Recommended Screening Tools

Resource and Referrals

High Risk Groups

Protective Factors

Algorithm and Narrative