Using Smartphone-Based Psychoeducation to Reduce Postnatal Depression Among First-Time Mothers: Randomized Controlled Trial.

Source: Chan, K. L., et al. 2019 - Pubmed ID: 31094354

Setting: Hong Kong, Hospital

Study design:



Follow up: 4 weeks after delivery

Patient group:

Sample size:

Total: 660 (443)

IG: 330 (218)

CG: 330 (225)


Inclusion criteria:

  • First time mothers
Type of technology:

App (iParent)

  • Education
  • Video
  • Messaging

Intervention: Patients were provided access to iParent app after first visit to antenatal clinic. App provided education and information + a platform for communication with healthcare professionals.


Duration: NA
Add on: +


Control group: standard care, posibilities for enrollment in 4 session antenatel classes.

Clinical effect/ Patient safety:

Clinical effect:

  • EPDS score (depression) ↓ (improved)
  • Anxiety →
  • Stress →
  • QoL →
  • SF12 → 

Patient safety:

  • No visible harm or unintended effect was noted in the groups.
Patient experiences/ Staff experiences:

Patient experiences: NA

Staff experiences: NA

Costs and organization:


Staff resources

  • Development of App



Staff resources

  • Answering messages

Organization:  NA


Health care utilization: NA

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“↑”: Statistically significant increase

“↓”: Statistically significant decrease

“→”: Statistically insignificant (no difference)