The British Journal of Psychiatry
The validation of the Edinburgh Post-natal Depression Scale on a community sample.
L Murray, A D Carothers


The Edinburgh Post-natal Depression Scale (EPDS) was validated on a community sample of 702 women at six weeks post-partum using Research Diagnostic Criteria for depression. The estimates of sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value, being based on a large random sample, offer improved guidelines for the use of the EPDS by the primary care team.