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

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dc.contributor.authorO'Higgins, Amy-
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Olivia C.-
dc.contributor.authorEgan, Aileen-
dc.contributor.authorMullaney, Laura-
dc.contributor.authorSheehan, S.-
dc.contributor.authorTurner, Michael-
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-25T12:16:14Z-
dc.date.available2017-08-25T12:16:14Z-
dc.date.issued2014-12-
dc.identifier.citationIrish Medical Journalen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/8742-
dc.description.abstractThe 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.en
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dc.publisherIrish Medical Organisationen
dc.subjectMaternity servicesen
dc.subjectDigital mediaen
dc.titleThe use of digital media by women using the maternity services in a developed countryen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.internal.authorcontactothermichael.turner@ucd.ie-
dc.internal.webversionshttp://archive.imj.ie//ViewArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=13524-
dc.statusPeer revieweden
dc.identifier.volume107en
dc.identifier.issue10en
dc.identifier.startpage313en
dc.identifier.endpage315en
dc.neeo.contributorO'Higgins|Amy|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorMurphy|Olivia C.|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorEgan|Aileen|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorMullaney|Laura|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorSheehan|S.|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorTurner|Michael|aut|-
dc.internal.rmsid778361971-
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