Korean J Women Health Nurs.  2015 Dec;21(4):284-296. 10.4069/kjwhn.2015.21.4.284.

An Integrative Review of Depression Related to Intervention Studies for Women in Korea Journals

  • 1Department of Nursing, kyungdong University, Wonju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Gangeung-Wonju National University, Wonju, Korea. leeeh@gwnu.ac.kr
  • 3Department of Nursing, Chuncheon College of Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea.
  • 4Department of Nursing, Songho College, Hoengseong, Korea.


The aim of this study was to provide basic data on the intervention for depression program development and application by analyzing the depression intervention studies for women that were published in Korea Journal (2000~2014).
The research method used was the integrative review. Nine studies were reviewed from the Nursing Articles and National Assembly Library of which 41 studies were from 126 research papers that met the inclusion criteria and analyzed using MINORS (Methodological Index for Non-Randomized Studies) and according to general characteristics.
There were non-equivalent control group pre-post test design (78%) in research design. 44% of articles in sample size were 14~26 participants and measuring tools were used CES-D (29%), BDI (I & II, 22%), GDSSF-K (22%). In quality of research according to MINORS, most of the papers got 2 scores except for the items of sample size calculation standard. Even though the similar intervention program were reported, the results could not compare because of diverse contents, duration, methods, and measuring tool with intervention program. As the results, aroma, massage, and counseling programs seemed to have significant effects of depression alleviation.
The standard tailored program and measuring tool for depression alleviation of women was needed to develop.


Depression; Intervention studies; Systematic review

MeSH Terms

Evaluation Studies as Topic
Clinical Trial*
Program Development
Research Design
Sample Size


  • Figure 1. Flowchart of included studies through database search.


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