Interest in participation of the development of a core outcome set for treatment of perinatal depression

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.

A panel of people with different perspectives of the condition will agree on what should be included in the COS.

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.

We are therefore putting together a panel of people who have experience of perinatal depression. We are going to include perinatal depression in mothers as well as fathers/partners.

We would like to include the following perspectives in the panel:

  • People with personal experience of the condition (both mothers and partners), for example, patients, caregivers, service users and user organizations
  • Health professionals with expertise in treating and caring for people with the condition
  • Researchers within the field and research funders
  • HTA-agencies and policy makers
  • Others (including payers and industry)

Do you represent one or more of these groups and would like to join our panel, please fill in our registration form found bellow.

What does it mean to participate in the panel?

All members of the panel will answer two online surveys (a so-called Delphi study) and rank how important they think different outcomes are.

SBU will develop a list of possible outcomes that we want to ask the panel about. This list is created after looking at outcomes used in published research papers as well as ongoing research studies.

Each member of the panel will be sent the list in the form of a survey by email and asked to score the importance of each outcome. If, in their opinion, there are key outcomes missing from the list, they are encouraged to add these to the list. SBU then summarises the responses.

In the second survey every member of the panel will be able to see the range of scores for each separate outcome, for the whole panel as well as for each perspective. Using this information, you will be asked to think about whether (based on how others have ranked the outcomes) you want to keep your original ranking or change it. Through the whole process no-one is under any pressure to change their rating if they don’t want to. It is perfectly fine for people to stick with their original rating even if they rated the outcome differently compared to the rest of the group. No one outside of the steering group at SBU is able to see any individual scorings. The responses of the panel is then again summarized by SBU.

Based upon the scores from the two surveys we will then have a final priority round during a workshop in Stockholm in early 2020. Signing up to be part of this panel does not automatically imply that you will attend the workshop since we will not be able to include all members of the panel in this meeting. A separate request will be issued to a smaller number of people representing different perspectives. However, all people in the panel will be able to see and comment on the proposal of the final COS. SBU will not be able to compensate any travel or accommodation costs for people attending the final workshop.

At the end of this process SBU will write a report on what the panel have agreed as the most important outcomes, i.e. the COS. Our aim is to create a COS for these conditions with a maximum of ten included outcomes.

A registration is not binding, and participation can be canceled at any time.
We hope you find this to be interesting! To register interest in joining this panel, please fill out the registration form below. (Last day for registration is November 30th).

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I would like to report interest in participating in the work as a member of the panel

I am also interested in attending the final workshop in Stockholm in early 2020 (SBU will not be able to compensate any travel or accommodation costs)


Maria Jonsson, Alkistis Skalkidou, Frida Trönnberg

From SBU

Marie Österberg, Christel Hellberg, Sara Fundell, Ann Kristine Jonsson

Ongoing Projects

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Registration no: SBU 2019/290
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