10. Designing, developing and testing ‘Home But Not Alone’ mobile phone app for new parents in the early postpartum period.

May 5, 2018 @ 07:00 – 08:00 UTC Timezone
Room 2, Big Blue Button

Speaker: Shefaly Shorey

Facilitator: Linda Wylie

Recording: Click HERE

The presentation will share the results of a randomized controlled trail (RCT) that evaluated an educational programme delivered via Mobile-Health Application (M-Health App) to new parents in the early postpartum period.

The phase-I of the study examined parental needs and developed the Mobile-Health App. The Phase-II of the study tested the intervention among parents who were randomly assigned to the intervention (n=126) or control (n=124) groups. Parental self-efficacy, social support, postnatal depression, and parenting satisfaction were the outcome measures. A linear mixed-method analysis was used to analyse the data. The intervention group had significant improvements on all the outcome variables except the postnatal depression.

The mobile-health application was effective in improving parental self-efficacy, social support, and parenting satisfaction, and hence, should be introduced and carried out in routine care by nurses. Further studies should focus on evaluating the effects of this programme in reducing postnatal depression among parents.