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Perinatal Depression Program Trials

Scaling Up Maternal Mental Healthcare by Increasing Access to Treatment (SUMMIT)
Aims: The SUMMIT study aims to examine who can effectively deliver psychological treatments. Is a psychological treatment delivered by a trained non-specialist provider as effective as one delivered by a specialist? This study will also examine how psychological treatments can be delivered. Is a psychological treatment delivered through telemedicine as effective as in person? Finally, SUMMIT will examine what helps and hinders delivery of psychological treatment within the study. Are we able to deliver an effective and accessible psychological treatment within the current healthcare system?
Diagnosis: EPDS ≥10 and 4-36 weeks pregnant or up to 30 weeks postpartum
Principal Investigator: Richard Silver, MD
Co-Investigator(s): Jo Kim, PhD and Laura La Porte, LCSW
IRB Approval Number: EH18-129
Sponsor: Sinai Health System, Toronto, Canada and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Contact: Interested patients should call 847.570.1588, email summit@northshore.org, or visit https://thesummittrial.com/ 
Open to Enrollment: Yes, for English and Spanish speakers

Perinatal Depression Hotline Database
Aims: Since 2003, the NorthShore Perinatal Depression Program has run a community-wide confidential hotline (866.364.MOMS) to serve callers impacted by perinatal depression.  To best care for our callers and meet NorthShore’s documentation standards, the program maintained a database to systematically document the clinical interactions between callers and hotline staff.  Because of the uniqueness of this service, this research project permits us to protect caller information by de-identifying callers and describing in research the needs of perinatal women.   
Diagnosis: Perinatal mood or anxiety disorders
Principal Investigator: Laura La Porte, LCSW
Co-Investigator(s): Jo Kim, PhD
IRB Approval Number: EH09-419
Sponsor: NorthShore University HealthSystem
Contact: Interested patients should contact Jo Kim, PhD at 847.570.2878
Open to Enrollment: No. You may call 866.364.MOMS (6667) any time 24/7 to speak with a licensed mental health professional about any emotional concerns in regard to pregnancy or the postpartum.

Perinatal Depression Screening Across Pregnancies
Aims:  The purpose of this research is to study perinatal mood across the childbearing years based on tens of thousands of depression screens administered since 2003.  The research examines how women score on depression screens over time – between pregnancies, between postpartum, and associated obstetric outcomes such as preterm birth. 
Diagnosis: Perinatal mood or anxiety disorders
Principal Investigator: Laura La Porte, LCSW
Co-Investigator(s): Jo Kim PhD, Liz Marsh MD, Richard Silver MD
IRB Approval Number: EH10-366
Sponsor: NorthShore University HealthSystem
Contact: Interested patients should contact Jo Kim, PhD at 847.570.2878
Open to Enrollment: No

Bridging the Gap: Expanding Perinatal Depression Screening to the Pediatric Setting
Aims: The goal of this study is to expand the NorthShore Perinatal Depression Program into pediatric practices. Currently, universal perinatal depression screening is part of the standard of care for women receiving obstetric care at NorthShore.  Because many women experience onset of symptoms of postpartum depression after their final contact with their obstetric care provider (typically at six weeks postpartum) we want to expand the "safety net" of depression screening into the pediatric setting, where women present with their infants for well baby care throughout the first postpartum year.  This study will implement universal perinatal depression screening in two selected pediatric practices.  We will evaluate: 1) the impact of training and screening participation on provider knowledge, attitudes and screening rate (to be assessed through pre- and post-tests administered to physicians and their office staff, and by tracking number of screened women and number of women who attended pediatric appointments within their baby's first year); 2) success of screening program implementation (facilitators and barriers to screening, to be assessed via semi-structured interviews with pediatricians).
Diagnosis: Perinatal mood or anxiety disorders
Principal Investigator: Jo Kim PhD
Co-Investigator(s): Laura La Porte, LCSW
IRB Approval Number: EH11-067
Sponsor: NorthShore University HealthSystem
Contact: Interested patients should contact Jo Kim, PhD at 847.570.2878
Open to Enrollment: No. Interested pediatric practices affiliated with NorthShore University HealthSystem may contact us to learn how to implement depression screening.