in women is more common during perimenopause
(the time period around and during menopause
) than pre and postmenopause. Obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) play a vital role in the detection and management of depression
symptoms in women because for many women ob-gyns are the first and most frequent point of medical contact. This study assessed ob-gyns’ screening practices and management of depression
A survey regarding depression
was sent to 500 practicing ob-gyns who were fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and members of the Collaborative Ambulatory Research Network.
The survey response rate was 41.8% (209 of 500 surveys returned). Over a third of respondents (34.1%) reported that they did not regularly screen perimenopausal patients for depression
. Higher-quality education about depression
, respondent sex, and personal experience with depression
were associated with higher rates of screening. While 85.7% of respondents believed that they could recognize depression
in perimenopausal women, only about half (55.8%) were confident in their ability to treat these patients.
Increased education of ob-gyn physicians related to depression
may increase the screening and treatment of women during this phase of life.