Incidence of Perinatal Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Catalonia: An Observational Study of Protective and Risk Factors

Olga Canet-Vélez, Meritxell Escalé Besa, Montserrat Sanromà-Ortíz, Xavier Espada-Trespalacios, Ramón Escuriet, Blanca Prats-Viedma, Jesús Cobo, Júlia Ollé-Gonzalez, Emili Vela-Vallespín, Rocio Casañas

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Abstract

Pregnancy and childbirth have a great impact on women’s lives; traumatic perinatal experiences can adversely affect mental health. The present study analyzes the incidence of perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Catalonia in 2021 from data obtained from the Registry of Morbidity and Use of Health Resources of Catalonia (MUSSCAT). The incidence of perinatal PTSD (1.87%) was lower than in comparable studies, suggesting underdiagnosis. Poisson regression adjusting for age, income, gestational weeks at delivery, type of delivery, and parity highlighted the influence of sociodemographics, and characteristics of the pregnancy and delivery on the risk of developing perinatal PTSD. These findings underline the need for further research on the risk factors identified and for the early detection and effective management of PTSD in the perinatal setting.

Original languageEnglish
Article number826
Number of pages12
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

Keywords

  • perinatal
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • protective factors
  • PTSD
  • risk factors

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