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Smartphone-based prenatal education for parents with preterm birth risk factors. Patient Educ Couns 2019 Apr;102(4):701-708



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2-s2.0-85055878725   15 Citations


OBJECTIVE: To develop an educational mobile application (app) for expectant parents diagnosed with risk factors for premature birth.

METHODS: Parent and medical advisory panels delineated the vision for the app. The app helps prepare for preterm birth. For pilot testing, obstetricians offered the app between 18-22 weeks gestational age to English speaking parents with risk factors for preterm birth. After 4 weeks of use, each participant completed a questionnaire. The software tracked topics accessed and duration of use.

RESULTS: For pilot testing, 31 participants were recruited and 28 completed the questionnaire. After app utilization, participants reported heightened awareness of preterm birth (93%), more discussion of pregnancy or prematurity issues with partner (86%), increased questions at clinic visits (43%), and increased anxiety (21%). Participants reported receiving more prematurity information from the app than from their healthcare providers. The 15 participants for whom tracking data was available accessed the app for an average of 8 h.

CONCLUSION: Parents with increased risk for preterm birth may benefit from this mobile app educational program.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: If the pregnancy results in preterm birth hospitalization, parents would have built a foundation of knowledge to make informed medical care choices.

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Olivia Kim U, Barnekow K, Ahamed SI, Dreier S, Jones C, Taylor M, Hasan MK, Basir MA


Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed PhD Professor (Computer Science) in the Math. , Stat. and Computer Science department at Marquette University
Mir Abdul Basir MD Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Infant, Newborn
Mobile Applications
Pilot Projects
Premature Birth
Prenatal Care
Prenatal Education
Risk Factors