The use of digital media by women using the maternity services in a developed country

Title: The use of digital media by women using the maternity services in a developed country
Authors: O'Higgins, Amy
Murphy, Olivia C.
Egan, Aileen
Mullaney, Laura
Sheehan, S.
Turner, Michael
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Date: Dec-2014
Abstract: The provision of high quality healthcare information about pregnancy is important to women and to healthcare professionals and it is driven, in part, by a desire to improve clinical outcomes. The objective of this study was to examine the use of digital media by women to access pregnancy information. A questionnaire was distributed to women attending a large maternity hospital. Of the 522 respondents, the mean age was 31.8 years, 45% (235/522) were nulliparous, 62% (324/522) lived in the capital city and 29% (150/522) attended the hospital as private patients. Overall 95% (498/522) used the internet for pregnancy information, 76% (399/522) had a smartphone and 59% (235/399) of smartphone owners had used a pregnancy smartapp. The nature of internet usage for pregnancy information included discussion forums (70%), social networks (67%), video media (48%), e-books (15%), blogs (13%), microblogs (9%) and podcasts (4%). Even women who were socially disadvantaged reported high levels of digital media usage. In contemporary maternity care women use digital media extensively for pregnancy information. All maternity services should have a digital media strategy.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Medical Organisation
Keywords: Maternity servicesDigital media
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Medicine Research Collection

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