A randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of a postnatal psychoeducation programme on outcomes of primiparas: study protocol

Shorey, Shefaly, Chan, Wai-Chi Sally, Chong, Yap Seng and He, Hong-Gu (2015) A randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of a postnatal psychoeducation programme on outcomes of primiparas: study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71 1: 193-203. doi:10.1111/jan.12461

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Author Shorey, Shefaly
Chan, Wai-Chi Sally
Chong, Yap Seng
He, Hong-Gu
Title A randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of a postnatal psychoeducation programme on outcomes of primiparas: study protocol
Journal name Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2648
0309-2402
Publication date 2015-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jan.12461
Open Access Status
Volume 71
Issue 1
Start page 193
End page 203
Total pages 11
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: To report a trial protocol that evaluates the effectiveness of postnatal psychoeducation programme in improving maternal parental self-efficacy and social support and in reducing postnatal depression among primiparas.

Background: Primiparas encounter physical, psychosocial and newborn care challenges in the early postnatal period. However, primiparas do not receive adequate professional support after early discharge from hospitals, thus hindering their adaptation to new role as mothers and smooth transition to motherhood. Postnatal psychoeducation programmes have been shown to be effective in improving pregnant women’s health. However, there is a lack of theory-based, postnatal psychoeducation interventions for primiparas.

Design: A randomized controlled trial of two-group pretest and repeated posttests is proposed.

Methods: The study will recruit a minimum of 114 primiparas on the day of discharge from a Singaporean public hospital (protocol approved in May 2012). Eligible participants will be randomly allocated to either a control group (receiving routine care) or an experimental group (receiving a postnatal psychoeducation programme besides routine care). Outcome measures include maternal parental self-efficacy, social support and postnatal depression. Data will be collected at baseline (on the day of discharge), 6 and 12 weeks postpartum.

Discussion: This will be the first study of its kind that will use rigorous study design to evaluate a theory-based innovative postnatal psychoeducation programme on maternal outcomes. The study may identify a potentially effective way of enhancing primiparas’ self-efficacy and social support, which may in turn reduce their risk of postnatal depression. The Sigma Theta Tau International Upsilon Eta Chapter funded this study.
Keyword Maternal parental self-efficacy
Midwifery
Nursing
Postnatal depression
Psychoeducation intervention
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Additional Notes Published online 9 June 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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