The duration of hospital stays after giving birth has been reduced during the past 10-20 years. The challenge is to ensure that the observation and support of mother and child that previously took place during the admission are continuously ensured after an ambulant birth or early discharge.The project was to study if telemedicine may be a possible solution when mother and child are discharged shortly after birth.
By means of the research design participatory design, the project was to study how the new families could be supported in the best way when going home shortly after birth.
The first phase of the project emphasised the need for an individual childbed course after the discharge, in which the families were provided with easy access to contact with the health services.
The PhD project was the beginning of the successful app My Hospital, which was launched at the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Svendborg during the course of the PhD project.
The app satisfies the needs of the families because the families are given tailored information and counselling and easy contact with the health services through this. The project showed that comfort in the period of childbed after ambulant childbirth potentially may be ensured by means of health technology.
Dorthe Boe Danbjørg Jane Clemensen
FUNDING AND PARTNERS
The Novo Nordisk Foundation and Danish Nurses Organization contributed to the project.