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Post-Partum Depression Screening Tool
for Indian Public Health System ● 2019

Commissioned by Grand Challenges Canada 
Done at BEMPU Health, Bangalore

In collaboration with NIMHANS, India

Principal Investigators:

Dr Ashlesha Bagadia, MBBS, MRCPsych,
Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)

Dr Prabha Chandra, MD, FRCPsych, FRCPE, FAMS

Dr Geetha Desai, MD Psychiatry

Dr Shantala Kumari R, MBBS, DGO, DNB - Obstetrics & Gynecology


To create an app and paper-based tool to be used by health providers to screen mothers for Postpartum Depression at discharge and key neonatal follow-up visits. Based on a mother’s responses,

BHappy will categorize the mother as healthy, at risk, or needs immediate attention, after which mothers and their families will be connected to appropriate clinical assistance and also be  counselled on proper maternal and newborn care.

Role of Designer
My role as a designer was to conduct preliminary primary quantitative research in the Public Gestational care system, to support the clinical trials of the PREP-M (EPDS India adapted tool developed by NIMHANS).


Phase 1: Primary Research
Involved interviews with ObGyn departments of St. Martha’s hospital, St. John’s. St. Philomena’s and Fortis La Femme, all in Bangalore.

Phase 2: PREP-M Clinical Trials support
This phase required creation of assets for the trials, like posters for the study, questionnaire prints and the digitization of the MINI Interview clinical questionnaire

Phase 3: Design of PREP-M questionnaire
The PREP-M was a tool developed by the NIMHANS team to go for clinical trials. After it’s successful result this tool was to be adapted to the digital platform. For the clinical trial, the tool required multi language adaptations and prints along with the gold standard comparing tool GAD and PHQ

Phase 4: Design of PREP-M App
At the last stage of the clinical trials, the project was brought to an end due to organizational project restructuring, and so phase 4 of the project was cancelled.

Clinical trial announcement assets

Psychometric tests in English, Hindi, and Kannada

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