Taking Part

OPT Study

Oxford Postnatal Treatment Study
































Taking Part in the Study

Unfortunately we are no longer able to take new mothers in the study.

The links below provide information you may find useful.


Postnatal Depression

Further Help and Information

Infant Parent Perinatal Service (Oxfordshire Only)


It is important that you keep in touch with your GP and Health Visitor. If at any time you have an urgent concern they would be the ones who could help you best.

What is the research for?


In this study, we are looking at how best to help mothers who are depressed. We know that one therapy for depression, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), has been shown to help people deal with their negative thoughts and feelings. We would like to see if providing CBT together with a further treatment (as a combination) may be even more helpful for mothers in the postnatal period


What will I have to do?

You are asked to take part in the assessment and therapy sessions. There will be questionnaires and interviews at the assessment visits. The interviews will be mainly about how you have been feeling and to see how things have been for you. We would also like to film you and your baby at the assessment visits. All visits would be arranged at a time convenient for you.

When your child is 2 years old, there will be some developmental assessments of your child. One of these would take place in our office in Headington. (One of the team could come and collect you and your child, and bring you home again afterwards. If you decide to make your own way to us travel expenses will be reimbursed).


The table below gives an outline of what is involved and at what timepoints.

Name of Session

Baby’s Age (approximately)

First assessment

6 months

Your therapy (11 visits)

6 - 10 months

Second assessment

1 year

Two additional therapy sessions

16 -20 months

Final assessments (2 visits)

2 years

Do I have to take part and what will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the study?

You do not have to take part in this study and if you decide not to take part, this will not affect any healthcare you or your child/ren receive. If you decide you would like to take part, but change your mind later, you can withdraw from the study at any time. If you begin the course of therapy sessions and then decide to stop, you may be asked if it would be possible to keep in contact with us to let us know how you are doing. If you withdraw from the study, we would only keep any data we have collected from you with your continued and explicit permission.


If you would like more information about the study have a look at our leaflet and information sheet.




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