Nursing Times reports BTA criticism of NICE PTSD guidelines
September 15, 2016 by Kim Thomas BTA Press Officer
Press release: Birth Trauma Association says new NICE scope into PTSD is a “huge missed opportunity”
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its scope for the new review into its guideline for Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) is deeply disappointed that NICE has decided not to include recommendations from us and the Royal College of GPs to consider postpartum PTSD as a separate category in the guideline. About 10,000 new mothers every year experience PTSD as the result of a traumatic birth – by far the biggest category of PTSD sufferers. At the BTA, we often hear shocking stories of women suffering flashbacks, nightmares and debilitating anxiety as the consequence of a birth that has gone wrong.
We argued that new mothers have a particular set of circumstances differentiating them from other PTSD sufferers, and that a mother’s experience of PTSD can have an impact on the wellbeing of the baby. We are concerned that recommendations that may be appropriate for other groups, such as service personnel, may not be appropriate for new mothers.
The response of NICE was to say that trauma associated with childbirth has been reviewed in the NICE guideline dealing with antenatal and postnatal mental health, and that the PTSD guideline will refer to the recommendations in that guideline.
In fact, the NICE guideline dealing with antenatal and postnatal mental health, in talking about postnatal PTSD, says that treatment should be in line with the recommendations in the PTSD guideline.