Total number of questions
Scoring and interpretation
A clinical cutoff score of 10 is used to distinguish health controls versus possible depression. Higher scores indicate greater levels of postpartum depression. Mothers who score above 13 are likely to be suffering from a depressive illness of varying severity. The EPDS score should not override clinical judgment. A careful clinical assessment should be carried out to confirm the diagnosis. Always look at item 10 (suicidal ideation).
Reliability and validity
The overall reliability (Cronbach's alpha) of the EPDS has been found to be adequate, with a Cronbach’s alpha of 0.79. A significant correlation between EPDS and other measures of depression have been identified.