Short Communication

Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 561-564

PRIME: impact of previous mental health problems on health-related quality of life in women with childbirth trauma

  • E. TurkstraAffiliated withCentre for Applied Health Economics, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University Email author 
  • , J. GambleAffiliated withGriffith Health Institute, Griffith University
  • , D. K. CreedyAffiliated withGriffith Health Institute, Griffith University
  • , J. FenwickAffiliated withGriffith Health Institute, Griffith UniversityGold Coast University Hospital
  • , L. BarclayAffiliated withUniversity Centre for Rural Health, University of Sydney
  • , A. BuistAffiliated withWomen’s Mental Health, University of Melbourne
  • , EL. RydingAffiliated withDepartment of Women’s & Children’s Health, Karolinska Institute
  • , P. A. ScuffhamAffiliated withCentre for Applied Health Economics, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University

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Abstract

We investigated the impact of pre-existing mental ill health on postpartum maternal outcomes. Women reporting childbirth trauma received counselling (Promoting Resilience in Mothers' Emotions; n = 137) or parenting support (n = 125) at birth and 6 weeks. The EuroQol Five dimensional (EQ-5D)-measured health-related quality of life at 6 weeks, 6 and 12 months. At 12 months, EQ-5D was better for women without mental health problems receiving PRIME (mean difference (MD) 0.06; 95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.02 to 0.10) or parenting support (MD 0.08; 95 % CI 0.01 to 0.14). Pre-existing mental health conditions influence quality of life in women with childbirth trauma.

Keywords

Post-natal depression Health-related quality of life Childbirth trauma Mental health