Web-based education for postpartum depression: conceptual development and impact

  • Katherine L. Wisner
  • M. Cynthia Logsdon
  • Brian R. Shanahan
Original Contribution

DOI: 10.1007/s00737-008-0030-9

Cite this article as:
Wisner, K.L., Logsdon, M.C. & Shanahan, B.R. Arch Womens Ment Health (2008) 11: 377. doi:10.1007/s00737-008-0030-9


Postpartum depression (PPD) is a major public health problem that occurs in one of every seven women in the first 3 months after birth. Left untreated, PPD can persist for months to years and lead to adverse consequences for both mother and child. Primary care providers have the most medical contact with postpartum women and are well positioned to screen for and identify PPD. However, PPD recognition and treatment is generally not included in physician training, and few continuing education programs on PPD are available. Developed with support from NIMH SBIR contract (# HHSN278200554096C), the Web site MedEdPPD was designed to provide professionals with the tools to successfully engage, screen, diagnose, treat, and refer women with PPD. Resources on the site include CME/CE modules; interactive case studies; classic papers and current literature; provider tools; a comprehensive slide library; events calendar; and resources. MedEdPPD also contains materials for women with PPD, their friends and family members. As of March 2008, the site had over 17,000 visitors who represented both consumers and a broad distribution of health care professional disciplines. The nine CME/CE learning modules on MedEdPPD have been particularly heavily utilized by nurses. The number of repeat and new visitors has increased steadily since the site’s launch. User feedback has been consistently positive. Based upon theories of adult education, MedEdPPD offers diverse strategies to facilitate learning. The site promotes education and training in PPD treatment that is flexible, cost-effective, and meets the needs of health care professionals.


Web-based education Postpartum depression Conceptual development Impact MedEdPPD 

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© Springer-Verlag 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine L. Wisner
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Cynthia Logsdon
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Brian R. Shanahan
    • 6
  1. 1.Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Epidemiology and Women’s StudiesUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Women’s Behavioral HealthCAREUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.School of NursingUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  4. 4.Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health, School of MedicineUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  5. 5.Department of Psychological and Brain SciencesUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  6. 6.MediSpin Inc.New YorkUSA

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