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GPs confused over postnatal depression

The increasing use of health visitors is leading to poorer diagnosis and management of postnatal depression, researchers have warned.

A qualitative study of the views of 19 GPs and 14 health visitors, published in the March issue of the British Journal of General Practice, found GPs were often confused about the expected roles and responsibilities of health visitors, leading to a reduced continuity of care.

Dr Carolyn Chew-Graham, senior lecturer in general practice at the University of Manchester, said ‘ongoing organisational changes within primary care' meant that in may areas no single health professional is responsible for care of women with postnatal depression.

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