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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 851803, 10 pages -

Research Article

Research Unit of Nursing, Institute of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark

Odense University Hospital, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Søndre Boulevard 29, 5000 Odense C, Denmark

Odense University Hospital, CIMT, University of Southern Denmark, Søndre Boulevard 29, 5000 Odense C, Denmark

Received 22 September 2014; Revised 16 December 2014; Accepted 6 January 2015

Academic Editor: Malcolm Clarke

Copyright © 2015 Dorthe Boe Danbjørg et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. A development towards earlier postnatal discharge presents a challenge to find new ways to provide information and support to families. A possibility is the use of telemedicine. Objective. To explore how using an app in nursing practice affects the nurses’ ability to offer support and information to postnatal mothers who are discharged early and their families. Design. Participatory design. An app with a chat, a knowledgebase, and automated messages was tried out between hospital and parents at home. Settings. The intervention took place on a postnatal ward with approximately 1,000 births a year. Participants. At the onset of the intervention, 17 nurses, all women, were working on the ward. At the end of the intervention, 16 nurses were employed, all women. Methods. Participant observation and two focus group interviews. The data analysis was inspired by systematic text condensation. Results. The nurses on the postnatal ward consider that the use of the app gives families easier access to timely information and support. Conclusions. The app gives the nurses the possibility to offer support and information to the parents being early discharged. The app is experienced as a lifeline that connects the homes of the new parents with the hospital.





Author: Dorthe Boe Danbjørg, Lis Wagner, Bjarne Rønde Kristensen, and Jane Clemensen

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/



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