Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) Instructions

  1. Ask the patient to circle the response that comes closest to how she has been feeling in the previous 7 days.

  2. All the items must be completed. 

  3. Care should be taken to avoid the possibility of the mother discussing her answers with others.  (Answers come from the mother or pregnant woman.)

  4. The patient should complete the scale herself, unless she has limited English or has difficulty with reading.



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