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The BC Reproductive Mental Health program and Perinatal Services BC encourages all primary care, maternity care, allied health, and public health professionals seeing individuals in the perinatal period to continue to use the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) to screen for depression.
We do not agree with the recent recommendation against such screening by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC). A detailed letter to the editor explaining our concerns, which we wrote in collaboration with perinatal mental health organizations, clinicians, and researchers across Canada, was submitted to CMAJ Open.
Read the full statement from the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program and Perinatal Services BC.