Psychosocial, psychological, and pharmacological interventions for treating antenatal anxiety

The primary objective of this review is to assess the effects, on women and their families, of psychosocial, psychological, and pharmacological interventions compared with usual antepartum care in the treatment of antenatal anxiety.

Secondary objectives are to examine:

  1. the effectiveness of specific types of psychosocial interventions (e.g. diverse supportive interactions including support groups);
  2. the effectiveness of specific types of psychological interventions (e.g. CBT and interpersonal psychotherapy);
  3. the effectiveness of specific types of pharmacological interventions (e.g. benzodiazepines);
  4. the effectiveness of non-pharmacological (e.g. psychosocial and psychological) versus pharmacological interventions;
  5. the effects of intervention mode (e.g. group-based versus individual interventions);
  6. the effects of intervention duration (e.g. multiple-contact versus single-contact interventions); and
  7. the effects of intervention delivery (e.g. face-to-face versus technology-based interventions).

This is a protocol.