Perinatal Mental Health Care in Switzerland

2019-12-10 01:21:01 | BioPortfolio


This qualitative study with quantitative elements examines the health care provided to women who suffered from mental disorder during pregnancy and / or in the first year after birth (i.e. during the perinatal phase). Investigators will perform individual interviews with former PMD patients, and health and social care professionals to gain insights into current health care for PMD patients.


Background: Perinatal mental disorders (PMD) are highly prevalent (up to 20%), and patients use mental health care at high rates (Berger et al 2018). It is not known if the health care for PMD patients meets the needs of the patients.

Aim: The Investigators will identify factors that promote or hinder service provision and access to care, for a range of relevant PMD. The investigation will cover the user and provider perspectives.

Methods: The qualitative study consists of two complementary parts to assess user and provider perspectives. In part 1 the Investigators will conduct individual semi-structured interviews with 24 women who have had PMD. The sample will comprise of 4 clusters of relevant ICD-10 F-diagnoses, covering a wide range of mental disorders. The sample will also comprise of participants who received or did not receive mental health care before the last pregnancy. In part 2, the Investigators perform 3 focus groups (with 6-8 participants per group) with health and social care professionals, and a health-insurance delegate, to collect their experiences and perspectives on perinatal health care for PMD patients. The Investigators are guided for data collection and analysis by Levesque's et al (2013) conceptual model on access to health care.

Expected results: The study will identify barriers and facilitators for health care access (user perspective) and provision (provider perspective). The study will generate the evidence base needed to develop integrated, coordinated, patient- and family-centered care for patients with various types of PMD.

Study Design


Mental Disorder


Anke Berger




Bern University of Applied Sciences

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