Participatory design of ehealth solutions for women from vulnerable populations with perinatal depression.
- Gordon, Mara
Holmes, John H.
Wolters, Maria K.
Bennett, Ian M.
SPIRIT (Stress in Pregnancy: Improving Results with Interactive Technology) Group
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Jan2016, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p105-109. 5p. 1 Color Photograph, 2 Diagrams, 3 Charts.
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- Objective: Cultural and health service obstacles affect the quality of pregnancy care that women from vulnerable populations receive. Using a participatory design approach, the Stress in Pregnancy: Improving Results with Interactive Technology group developed specifications for a suite of eHealth applications to improve the quality of perinatal mental health care.Materials and Methods: We established a longitudinal participatory design group consisting of low-income women with a history of antenatal depression, their prenatal providers, mental health specialists, an app developer, and researchers. The group met 20 times over 24 months. Applications were designed using rapid prototyping. Meetings were documented using field notes.Results and Discussion: The group achieved high levels of continuity and engagement. Three apps were developed by the group: an app to support high-risk women after discharge from hospital, a screening tool for depression, and a patient decision aid for supporting treatment choice.Conclusion: Longitudinal participatory design groups are a promising, highly feasible approach to developing technology for underserved populations. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
- Medical informatics
Postpartum depression diagnosis
Wireless communications in medical care
Treatment of pregnancy complications
Outpatient medical care
Maternal health services
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- Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
- Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
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