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Study of Home-Based Exercise to Alleviate Postpartum Depression

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Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec
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McGill University Identifier:
First received: October 4, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: October 2006
History: No changes posted
October 4, 2006
October 4, 2006
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  • Change in depressed mood scores immediately following the 3 month intervention and at 3 and 6 months post-treatment,
  • as measured by the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression.
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Changes in fatigue levels (measured by the multidimensional fatigue inventory), sleep patterns, anxiety and health status.
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Study of Home-Based Exercise to Alleviate Postpartum Depression
Decreasing Health Care Utilization With Alternative Approaches for the Treatment of Depression: A Randomized Trial of Exercise for Postpartum Depression
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an aerobic home-based exercise program for the treatment of postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression occurs in 10-16% of women, with depressive symptoms lasting up to one year post delivery. Women affected by depression in the postpartum have been shown to be at higher risk for developing a recurrent depressive disorder. While the direct and indirect costs associated with postpartum depression are unknown, those associated with depression have been found to exceed 43 billion dollars in the United States alone. Moreover, maternal depression can negatively impact the mother-infant relationship and infant development. Despite the high prevalence of postpartum depression, the condition often goes undiagnosed and untreated by primary care providers. Alternative non-medical interventions for treating postpartum depression have not been widely investigated, leaving women and health care providers with few evidence-based options for treatment. If this exercise program is shown to be effective, then this intervention can be an alternate treatment option for alleviating depressed mood for women in the postpartum period. This nonpharmacological approach may be particularly attractive as many women are reluctant to take medication in the postpartum.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Postpartum Depression
Behavioral: Moderate-intensity Exercise
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • women 4 to 38 weeks following childbirth
  • score of 10 or more on the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale
  • understand English or French
  • no current alcohol or substance abuse,
  • not currently participating in regular moderate or high intensity exercise (30 minutes, at least 3 times per week)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • obstetrical or concomitant diseases which would have precluded participation in an exercise program.
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
FRSQ 024018
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McGill University
Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec
Principal Investigator: Deborah Da Costa, PhD McGill University
McGill University
October 2006

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