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Important Reads: Protecting Up with the Medical Literature in Reproductive Psychiatry

It isn’t straightforward to remain on high of the medical literature in any subject.  The variety of journals and publications has elevated dramatically during the last decade.  After we first began this web site, there have been a handful of articles to learn every week.  Now, it’s straightforward to seek out 50 or so publications every week which can be related to the observe of perinatal psychiatry.  

On our web site, we attempt to keep abreast of the newest information, and you might be, after all, welcome to proceed to make use of our web site as your main supply of knowledge.  However many individuals wish to know  what I learn and the way I discover out about present literature.  I’m together with that info right here. 

Pubmed – That is clearly the very best supply for authentic analysis, nevertheless it requires time and endurance. Should you join an account on NCBI, you possibly can specify your search parameter and get electronic mail alerts.  Should you enter one thing like “melancholy AND being pregnant”, you’re going to get about 35-50 articles per week.  These Pubmed searches present the content material for our weekly roundups.


ToC (Desk of Contents) Alerts for particular publications ship you electronic mail notifications of the Desk of Contents of newly printed journal points.  For perinatal psychiatry, I discover essentially the most articles printed within the following journals

Journal of Scientific Psychiatry (JCP) – Join alerts 

Archives of Girls’s Psychological Well being – Join alerts

JAMA Psychiatry – Join alerts

American Journal of Psychiatry – Join alerts 

The primary two journals are notably helpful.  JCP beneath the management of our very personal Dr. Marlene Freeman encompasses a quarterly situation specializing in girls’s psychological well being.  Along with authentic analysis, these points function a column by Chittaranjan Andrade, MD; these are considerate and well-researched articles about present subjects in our subject.  (Bonus: The total-text of those columns is obtainable to non-subscribers without cost.)

Whereas these journals publish wonderful articles on girls’s psychological well being, many articles on the reproductive security of medicines don’t, nonetheless, seem in these journals. They have a tendency to seem in Pediatrics, the Journal of Pediatrics, JAMA, New England Journal of Medication, and PLoS Medication.  It’s time-consuming to scan for these articles.  The nice (and unhealthy) information is that many articles associated to the security of medicines used throughout being pregnant seem on well being information aggregators.


Well being Information Aggregators are useful inroads to studying about explicit subjects in medication.  They usually seem within the press earlier than the unique articles are printed and are straightforward to scan; nonetheless, there are some caveats.  Information aggregators usually tend to publish splashy articles and to make use of eye-catching headlines.  They’re extra more likely to concentrate on uncommon and dramatic outcomes and fewer more likely to publish articles supporting the reproductive security of a specific treatment.  Lastly, they usually summarize simply the article or piece of stories in query and don’t put this info in a bigger context.  

That mentioned, aggregators are a great way to get a lay of the land.  I’m sharing my opinions on among the ones I take advantage of most continuously.  I obtain day by day alerts from the next sources:

Healio Psychiatry and Healio Girls’s Well being & OB/GYN – My present favorites.  One of many nice issues about Healio is that they put the reference (with a hyperlink) on the high of the article so that you don’t should plow by means of the entire article in search of the magic hyperlink. You’ll be able to join day by day alerts on the house web page.

MedPage Right this moment Psychiatry – Additionally an excellent useful resource.  Visually this aggregator is considerably tougher to scan the headlines as a result of they lump tales collectively. Nonetheless, the data they current is mostly good. You’ll be able to join alerts on the house web page.  

Medscape Psychiatry – I was an enormous fan of Medscape.  I feel the standard of writing is sweet; nonetheless, watch out for signing up for alerts.  I lately canceled my subscriptions as a result of I used to be getting 10-20 emails from Medscape per day.  


Free Medical Journals – We used to name these “throwaway journals” as a result of they got here to your mailbox whether or not you needed them or not and since they don’t seem to be peer-reviewed.  Most of those journals at the moment are peer-reviewed.  Whereas they don’t current authentic analysis or carry the status of high tier journals; the articles are usually well-written and clinically related.  You’ll be able to join electronic mail alerts for any of those.

Psychiatry Advisor – This journal gives a mixture of aggregated and authentic articles.  Occasional articles on girls’s psychological well being; among the extra substantive articles  are written by consultants within the subject.

Psychiatric Occasions – Printed by the APA. Unique articles and opinion items, however much less generally has articles on perinatal psychiatry.

MDEdge ObGyn (beforehand often called Ob/Gyn Information) – This journal options a column from our very personal Dr. Lee Cohen which covers essential points in reproductive psychiatry.


Google Scholar Alerts may be useful for staying abreast of a slim matter, as an illustration new articles on zuranolone or articles from a specific writer; nonetheless, for normal articles such a alert is commonly quite nonspecific and takes a very long time to scan.


Hopefully that is useful info.  Be at liberty to share different approaches.  


Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD






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