Objective: To develop and validate a cohesive measure that can guide the
doctor, psychologist and patient in identifying potential psychological
problems that gynaecology and obstetrics patients suffer. Design:
Top-down survey Setting: The study was conducted on gynaecology and
obstetrics patients treating various gynaecological concerns at a local
maternity hospital. Sample: OGDMS sample consisted of 211 gynaecology
and obstetrics patients between 18 and 60 years old. Method: Top-down
survey followed by an interview. Main outcome measures: OGDMS for use as
an identification tool paired with psychotherapy to understand
psychological distress in women. Results: The OGDMS was found to have
good internal consistency and good criterion validity. Conclusion: The
OGDMS proved beneficial in identifying underlying mental health concerns
in women with gynaecological problems and serves as a preliminary
intervention in providing proper mental health care to this population.
Keywords: Obstetrics, gynaecology, distress, tool, psychology.