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Title: A Blended Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
Authors: Branquinho, Mariana 
Canavarro, Maria Cristina 
Fonseca, Ana 
Keywords: postpartum depression; cognitive–behavioral therapy; blended treatment; Be a Mom; study protocol
Issue Date: 20-Nov-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Project: SFRH/BD/145563/2019 
Serial title, monograph or event: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume: 17
Issue: 22
Abstract: Despite the existence of effective treatment for postpartum depression, few women seek professional help, indicating the need for a new and innovative format of treatment that can overcome help-seeking barriers. This article presents the study protocol for a blended cognitive-behavioral intervention for the treatment of postpartum depression, by integrating face-to-face sessions with a web-based program (Be a Mom) into one treatment protocol. This study will be a two-arm, noninferiority randomized controlled trial comparing blended intervention to usual treatment for postpartum depression provided in healthcare centers. Portuguese postpartum adult women diagnosed with postpartum depression (according to the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder) will be recruited during routine care appointments in local healthcare centers and will be eligible to participate. Measures will be completed at baseline, postintervention, and at three- and six-month follow-ups. The primary outcome will be depressive symptoms. Secondary outcomes will include anxiety symptoms, fatigue, quality of life, marital satisfaction, maternal self-efficacy, and mother-child bonding. Cost-effectiveness analysis and mediator and moderator analysis will be conducted. This study will provide insight into the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a blended psychological intervention in the Portuguese context and increase the empirically validated treatment options for postpartum depression.
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17228631
Rights: openAccess
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