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:

RCT

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:

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:

Investment:

Material

– App

 

Running:

Staff resources

– answering messages

Organization:

NA

Health care utilization:

NA

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Information

“↑”: Statistically significant increase

“↓”: Statistically significant decrease

“→”: Statistically insignificant (no difference)