Pregnant women's use of information and communications technologies to access pregnancy-related health information in South Australia

Rodger, D., Skuse, A., Wilmore, M., Humphreys, S., Dalton, J., Flabouris, M. and Clifton, V. L. (2013) Pregnant women's use of information and communications technologies to access pregnancy-related health information in South Australia. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19 4: 308-312. doi:10.1071/PY13029


Author Rodger, D.
Skuse, A.
Wilmore, M.
Humphreys, S.
Dalton, J.
Flabouris, M.
Clifton, V. L.
Title Pregnant women's use of information and communications technologies to access pregnancy-related health information in South Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY13029
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 308
End page 312
Total pages 5
Place of publication Clayton, VIC Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines how pregnant women living in South Australia use information and communication technologies (ICTs), principally Internet and mobile phones, to access pregnancy-related information. It draws on 35 semistructured interviews conducted as part of the 'Health-e Baby' project, a qualitative study designed to assess the information needs and ICT preferences of pregnant women cared for at a South Australian metropolitan teaching hospital. Our research shows that although ICTs offer exciting possibilities for health promotion and the potential for new forms of communication, networking and connection, we cannot assume the effectiveness of communicating through such channels, despite near universal levels of ICT access. In turn, this highlights that if e-mediated health promotion is to be effective, health promoters and practitioners need to better understand ICT access, usage and content preferences of their clients.
Keyword App
Health communication
Health promotion
Internet
Mobile phone
Smartphone
Website
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID LP110100405
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ)
 
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