SBU is developing a Core Outcome Set on treatment of perinatal depression and we would like your help! Perinatal depression is depression experienced during pregnancy (known as ante or prenatal depression) or after childbirth (known as postnatal depression). A more detailed description of the project is available in the protocol. This project has been registered in the comet initiative database
A Core Outcome Set (COS) is an agreed minimum set of outcomes or outcome measures in future research. These sets represent the minimum that should be measured and reported in all clinical trials of a specific condition and may also be suitable to use in clinical audit or research other than randomised trials. The existence or use of a core outcome set does not imply that outcomes in a particular trial should be restricted to those in the relevant core outcome set. Rather, there is an expectation that the core outcomes will be collected and reported, making it easier for the results of trials to be compared, contrasted and combined as appropriate; while researchers continue to explore other outcomes as well.
Examples of outcomes in the area of perinatal depression could be level of depression, sleep and attachment.
The COS are to be agreed upon by people with different perspectives of the condition, above all; patients, caregivers, health care workers, researchers and policy makers.
Maria Jonsson, Alkistis Skalkidou, Frida Trönnberg
Marie Österberg, Christel Hellberg, Sara Fundell, Ann Kristine Jonsson