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  • OS20 - Consumer Health Advances (ID 26)

    • Event: e-Health 2017 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Oral Session
    • Track: Clinical and Executive
    • Presentations: 1
    • Coordinates: 6/06/2017, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM, Room 205D
    • OS20.02 - Design and Evaluation of an eHealth Intervention: Breastfeeding Resources (ID 76)

      Jennifer Abbass-Dick, Health Science/Nursing, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Oshawa /CA

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      Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this presentation is to describe the design of eHealth breastfeeding resources for mothers and co-parents, addressing the needs of target populations with lower breastfeeding rates, young and single mothers and Indigenous families.

      Methodology/Approach: A participatory model was used in this two phase study. The first phase included creating an eHealth resource for mothers and fathers/partners. A needs assessment was conducted and the resource was created based on the feedback provided by the target population. The second phase of the study included designing two additional versions of the resource. Members of the target populations and health providers who work with these populations were consulted regarding their suggestions for adaptations to the original course to meet the needs of young and Indigenous families. Once the resources were completed they were piloted with members of the target populations and health professionals.

      Finding/Results: In Phase 1, the resource was piloted with mothers, fathers and health professionals. The users' feedback indicated they liked the inclusion of information specifically for fathers/partners as well as the content, design and usability. In Phase 2 the modified resources were piloted with young, single and Indigenous mothers who indicated the eHealth resources were culturally relevant, interactive and provided information in a variety of formats.

      Conclusion/Implications/Recommendations: <img alt="indigenous png.jpg" annotation="" id="image://12" src="" title="indigenous png.jpg" /><img alt="young mothers.png" annotation="" id="image://13" src="" title="young mothers.png" />Including the target populations in all phases of the design and development of eHealth educational resources ensured they were meeting the needs of the target populations. eHealth resources provide parents with the ability to access information based on their individual needs, at a time and location of their choosing. Interactive components such as games, quizzes, narration, videos, illustrations and text accommodates parents with a variety of learning styles. Ongoing evaluation of the resources will ensure they are continuing to meet the breastfeeding and co-parenting educational needs of the target populations.

      140 Character Summary: eHealth resources were designed and created based on input from members of the target populations, fathers/partners, young mothers and Indigenous families.

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