The MATRIx study is led by researchers at City University of London in collaboration with experts  across the UK. MATRIx will review the research evidence on what prevents women who are pregnant or after birth to get the support and treatment they need if they are struggling with emotional or psychological problems. We will then develop a guide for healthcare services about how to tackle these barriers to make sure women get the help they need. This will involve experts and stakeholders from many different backgrounds and disciplines.

The MATRIx study has 3 parts:

  • MATRIx Review One will review and summarise the research evidence to understand why it has been difficult to implement assessment, care and treatment for perinatal mental health problems in health and social care services.
  • MATRIx Review Two will review and summarise the evidence to find out what the barriers are to women getting the care and treatment they need. There is a lot of evidence in this area so we will be doing a meta-review of existing evidence reviews to look at what the main barriers are to women getting help.
  • Maternity MATRIx will bring together a panel of experts to outline the most important factors that prevent women from getting the care they need. This panel will include women who have experienced perinatal mental health problems, healthcare professionals, commissioners and managers. This outline will be shared with relevant health and social care services to help improve care for women with perinatal mental health problems.

The MATRIx study is running alongside the MAP study to make sure women with perinatal mental health problems get the help and support they need.


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