Midwives experiences and perceptions of women's internet use of the Internet to influence decision-making during pregnancy

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Abstract

Background: The Internet has become an increasingly popular source for healthcare information. Previous work suggests that pregnant women are accessing and using Internet based information to influence their care and management (Maijala et al, 2003; Pandey et al, 2003). This paper will provide
illuminative data on this subject.

Aim: To elicit the extent and nature of pregnant women’s use of the Internet from a midwifery perspective.

Method: To achieve the stated aim an exploratory descriptive design was selected using an online questionnaire to collect data. An international sample of midwives was recruited between March and July 2006 using midwifery e-discussion groups. Members who had direct contact with pregnant women were invited to share their experiences of working with women who presented them with information gleamed from the Internet. Ethical approval was granted from the local Office for Research Ethics Committee (OREC). Data was collected using
a php Easy Survey Package and downloaded into SPSS for analysis. Qualitative data was analysed using NVivo.

Results:
A total of 303 midwives (261 qualified midwives and 42 student midwives) accessed and completed the questionnaire. Eighty-nine per cent of the respondents (n=271) concurrent session abstracts – 98 were aware of an increase in Internet use among pregnant women with 86% (n=260)
having had experience of pregnant woman discussing information from the Internet in the clinical area. The majority of midwives (67% n=174) considered the information affected the woman’s decision making. Qualitative data
provided illustrations of how the Internet can influence women’s choice and management of care in pregnancy.

Discussion/Conclusions:
According to midwives pregnant women are using the Internet as an accessible source for health to inform decision making in pregnancy. This paper underlines the need to understand the information seeking behaviour of pregnant women and subsequent choices in their care. The Internet is an intriguing source for women, midwives and researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoyal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom Research Society
Subtitle of host publicationThe 2007 International Nursing Research Conference, College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, Dundee
Place of PublicationRCN Events
Pages97
Number of pages98
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2007
EventRoyal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom Research Society
The 2007 International Nursing Research Conference
- Caird Hall, , Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 May 20074 May 2007
Conference number: 8.7.3
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Conference

ConferenceRoyal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom Research Society
The 2007 International Nursing Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityDundee, Scotland
Period1/05/074/05/07
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Keywords

  • Midwives perception
  • Internet
  • influence
  • Women
  • Decision Making
  • Pregnancy

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