Effectiveness of the ‘Home-but not Alone’ mobile health application educational programme on parental outcomes: a randomized controlled trial, study protocol
2016 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Aims: The aim of this study was to describe a study protocol that evaluates the effectiveness of the ‘Home-but not Alone’ educational programme delivered via a mobile health application in improving parenting outcomes.
Background: The development in mobile-based technology gives us the opportunity to develop an accessible educational programme that can be potentially beneficial to new parents. However, there is a scarcity of theory-based educational programmes that have incorporated technology such as a mobile health application in the early postpartum period.
Design: A randomized controlled trial with a two-group pre-test and post-test design.
Methods: The data will be collected from 118 couples. Eligible parents will be randomly allocated to either a control group (receiving routine care) or an intervention group (routine care plus access to the ‘Home-but not Alone’ mobile health application. Outcome measures comprise of parenting self-efficacy, social support, parenting satisfaction and postnatal depression. Data will be collected at the baseline (on the day of discharge) and at four weeks postpartum.
Discussion: This will be an empirical study that evaluates a theory-based educational programme delivered via an innovative mobile health application on parental outcomes. Results from this study will enhance parenting self-efficacy, social support and parenting satisfaction, which may then reduce parental risks of postnatal depression.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016.
educational programme, mobile health application, nursing/mid- wifery, parenting satisfaction, parenting self-efﬁcacy, postnatal depression, postnatal period, social support
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132557DOI: 10.1111/jan.13151PubMedID: 27650320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132557DiVA: diva2:1046623