Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale


Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale


This 10-question scale is a valuable and efficient way of identifying patients at risk for postnatal depression. It is easy to administer and has proven to be an effective screening tool.

Mothers who score above 13 are likely to be suffering from a depressive illness of varying severity. The score should not, however, override clinical judgment; a careful clinical assessment should be carried out to confirm the diagnosis. The scale indicates how the mother has felt during the previous week; in doubtful cases it may be useful to repeat the tool after 2 weeks.

The scale will not detect mothers with anxiety neuroses, phobias, or personality disorders.


Cox, J.L., Holden, J.M. and Sagovsky, R.

Funding Sources:

University of Edinburgh


Release Date: 1987
Original Summary: April 2009
Last Updated: 06/22/09

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