The effectiveness of exercise as a treatment for postnatal depression: study protocol

Amanda J Daley, Kate Jolly, Debbie J Sharp, Katrina M Turner, Ruth V Blamey, Sarah Coleman, Mary McGuinness, Andrea K Roalfe, Ian Jones, Christine MacArthur

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Abstract

Postnatal depression can have a substantial impact on the woman, the child and family as a whole. Thus, there is a need to examine different ways of helping women experiencing postnatal depression; encouraging them to exercise may be one way. A meta analysis found some support for exercise as an adjunctive treatment for postnatal depression but the methodological inadequacy of the few small studies included means that it is uncertain whether exercise reduces symptoms of postnatal depression. We aim to determine whether a pragmatic exercise intervention that involves one-to-one personalised exercise consultations and telephone support plus usual care in women with postnatal depression, is superior to usual care only, in reducing symptoms of postnatal depression.
Original languageEnglish
Article number45
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2012

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