Date of Graduation


Document Type



primary care providers, postpartum depression screening, postpartum depression

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Level



Allison Scott

Committee Member

Callie Bradley


The US Preventative Task Force and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommend screening for perinatal and postpartum depression (PPD) during well-child visits that occur during the first year of the baby’s life. Postpartum means the time after childbirth, and postpartum depression is defined as a variant of major depressive disorder that occur during pregnancy or within 4 weeks of delivery. Current pediatric guidelines recommend that PPD screening occur at three to five days after birth and at one, two, four, six, nine and twelve month well-child evaluations during the first year of life. This DNP clinical inquiry project brought to light an of understand primary care providers’ (PCP) perceptions of PPD screening practices during well-child checks by surveying the providers about their PPD practices. The participants took a survey to measure understanding of PPD in their practice, and frequency of PPD screening during the well child visits. This DNP clinical inquiry project measured providers reported wide-ranging (PPD) screening practices and use of various validated PPD screening tools during well child visits. Screening practices have improved among PCP’s, according to the AAP, but still less than half of providers screen mothers for PPD.