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Midwives' experience of using videoconferencing as support in early discharge after childbirth
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3861-7298
Karolinska Institutet.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, ISSN 1357-633X, E-ISSN 1758-1109, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 202-205Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Videoconferencing was used to support parents who were discharged early after childbirth. In a one-year pilot study, 23 videoconferences took place between midwives and parents at home. To ensure good picture quality, a high-speed, 10 Mbit/s broadband connection was used. We used a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods to describe the participants' experience. Seven midwives with experience of supporting nine couples/new parents completed a questionnaire. The 20 responses (87%) showed that the main reason for contact was routine and the most frequent advice concerned breastfeeding. The quality of sound and picture were judged to be good and very good, respectively. The experience of communicating with the parents via videoconferencing was also investigated through semi-structured interviews. Analysis of the interviews revealed that videoconferencing was: easy to handle and useful for making assessments; a valuable and functional complement to usual practice; almost like a real-life encounter. The results suggest that videoconferencing may be a useful tool in postpartum care.

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2007. Vol. 13, no 4, p. 202-205
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8173DOI: 10.1258/135763307780908102ISI: 000247431200008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-38449113712Local ID: 6a3dec90-24a1-11dc-b6d3-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-8173DiVA, id: diva2:981064
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Tidighemgång efter barns födelse med stöd av IT-teknik
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Validerad; 2007; 20070627 (kerohr)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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