Table 1

Studies of the efficacy of light therapy for perinatal depression
Antepartum depression
Oren et al. [76] Epperson et al. [24] Wirtz-Justice et al. [77]
Subjects (n) 16 10 27
Treatment duration (weeks) 3 5 5
Group randomization No Yes Yes
Time of light sessions Morning: beginning within 10 min of awakening Morning: beginning within 10 min of awakening Morning: beginning within 10 min of awakening
Duration of light sessions (min) 60 60 60
Intensity of light treatment (lux) 10,000 7,000 7,000
Blind ratings Yes Yes Yes
Diagnosis of depression SIGH-SAD ≥ 20 SIGH-SAD ≥ 20 SIGH-SAD ≥ 20
Main outcome measure(s) SIGH-SAD SIGH-SAD SIGH-SAD, HDRS
Postpartum depression
Corral et al. 2000 [78] Corral et al. 2007 [79]
Subjects (n) 2 15
Treatment duration (weeks) 4 6
Group randomization No Yes
Time of light sessions Morning: between 7:00 am and 9:00 am Morning: between 7:00 am and 9:00 am
Duration of light sessions (min) 30 60
Intensity of light treatment (lux) 10,000 10,000
Blind ratings No Yes
Diagnosis of depression HDRS =28,29 SIGH-SAD ≥ 15
Main outcome measure(s) HDRS SIGH-SAD

HDRS = Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (Hamilton, 1967), SIGH–SAD = Structured Interview Guide for the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Seasonal Version (Williams, 1988).

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