Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Admission for Postpartum Depression
Avis Chan1, Nan Guo2, Rita Popat1, Yair Blumenfeld3, Alexander Butwick2
Department of Health Research and Policy (Division of Epidemiology)1, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine2,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine)3, Stanford University School of Medicine, California, USA
Postpartum depression (PD) affects 13-19% women within 12 months after delivery .
Although racial and ethnic differences have been reported for adverse pregnancy outcomes (e.g. pre-eclampsia, preterm birth) , it is unclear whether disparities exist in the risk of hospital care for PD.
To examine if racial/ethnic disparities exist in the risk of hospital-based care for PD in large contemporary obstetric cohort in California, USA.
•The overall cumulative incidence for postpartum hospital care for PD as a principal diagnosis only and as a principal or secondary diagnosis were 15.9 and 53.6 per 10,000 deliveries, respectively.
•Our findings suggest that racial/ethnic disparities exist in hospital care for PD, with non-Hispanic black women incurring the highest risk of PD.
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