Developing a web-based toolkit for new mothers about postpartum pelvic floor health in collaboration with a professional medical association

Brandon Patterson, Lauren Clark, Ana C. Sanchez-Birkhead, Liliana I. Martinez, Marlene J. Egger

Abstract


Background: Few electronic resources are available for new mothers with concerns about changes in their pelvic floorfollowing childbirth. Patients may struggle when seeking authoritative information regarding pelvic floor conditions online given the sensitivity of the topic as well as the inadvertent connection to obscene or demeaning content found online. A health sciences librarian partnered with the Motherhood and Pelvic Health Study, an interdisciplinary research group, to provide expert searching skills for a particularly challenging health condition that patients struggle to find useful information on.

Case Presentation:A custom rubric was developed to evaluate existing information products, which included criteria for cultural sensitivity, conflicts of interest, and other red flags. This evaluation process enabled the research team to identify top-tier evidence-based materials that were culturally congruent. This collaborative evaluation process led to the creation of a web-based toolkit resource for new mothers concerned about changes in their pelvic floor. The toolkit connects women to pertinent information on a national health organization’s patient portal, supplemented by videos created by the team to serve as models of communication for women and health care providers. 

Conclusion:When developing a web-based resource, health sciences libraries can partner with research teams to find, evaluate, and disseminate information. Culturally congruent toolkits such as this one can improve access to health information and lead to improved health outcomes. To ensure that the information highlighted in toolkits is both culturally congruent and authoritative, research teams should form advisory committees and partner with relevant professional medical associations.


Keywords


toolkit; Internet

Full Text:

PDF HTML

References


Schnitzer AE, Rosenzweig M, Harris B. Health literacy: a survey of the issues and solutions. J Consum Health Internet. 2011 April 1;15(2):164–79.

AHRQ publishing and communications guidelines [Internet]. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. [cited 1 March 2020]. .

“What did the doctor say?:” improving health literacy to protect patient safety [Internet]. The Joint Commission; 2007. [cited 1 Feb 2020]. .

Section 6: toolkit guidance in AHRQ publishing and communications guidelines [Internet]. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. [cited 1 March 2020]. .

Nygaard IE, Clark E, Clark L, Egger MJ, Hitchcock R, Hsu Y, Norton P, Sanchez-Birkhead A, Shaw J, Sheng X, Varner M. Physical and cultural determinants of postpartum pelvic floor support and symptoms following vaginal delivery: a protocol for a mixed-methods prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2017 7(1):e014252. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014252.

Egger MJ, Sanchez-Birkhead AC, Clark L, Curiel R, Garcia G, Fernandez C, Nygaard IE. Pelvic floor sensations after the first vaginal delivery: a qualitative study. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2019 Dec 31;27(1):e234–e246. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/spv.0000000000000742.

Garcia M, Daugherty C, Khallouq BB, Maugans T. Critical assessment of pediatric neurosurgery patient/parent educational information obtained via the Internet. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2018 Feb 16;21(5):535–41. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3171/2017.10.PEDS17177.

Martinez L, Egger M, Clark L, Sanchez-Birkhead A. Information for new moms [Internet]. American Urogynecologic Society. [cited 1 Oct 2020]. .

Walsh TM, Volsko TA. Readability assessment of internet-based consumer health information. Respir Care. 2008 Oct;53(10):1310–5. PMID: 18811992

Blakeslee S. Evaluating information - applying the CRAAP test [Internet]. Meriam Library, California State University, Chico [rev. 17 Sept 2010;cited 1 May 2019]. .

Blakeslee S. The CRAAP test [Internet]. LOEX Quarterly. 2004 31(3):6–7. .

Sobo EJ. Culture and meaning in health services research: an applied approach. Routledge; 2016.

A guide to choosing and adapting culturally and linguistically competent health promotion materials [Internet]. Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Winter/Spring 2003 [cited 1 Feb 2020]. .

Gutierrez-Gomez C. Tips for choosing culturally appropriate books & resources about native americans [Internet]. Colorín Colorado; 2010 [cited 11 Nov 2010]. .

Friedman DB, Hoffman-Goetz L. Assessment of cultural sensitivity of cancer information in ethnic print media. J Health Commun. 2006 May 1;11(4):425–47. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10810730600671920.

Kline KN. Cultural sensitivity and health promotion: assessing breast cancer education pamphlets designed for African American women. Health Commun. 2007 April 10;21(1):85–96. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10410230701283454.

Douglas MK, Pierce JU, Rosenkoetter M, Pacquiao D, Callister LC, Hattar-Pollara M, Lauderdale J, Milstead J, Nardi D, Purnell L. Standards of practice for culturally competent nursing care: 2011 update. J Transcult Nurs. 2011 Oct;22(4):317–33. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1043659611412965.

Lopez L, Root L. Resilient traveling: managing stress & enhancing your experience abroad [Internet]. University of Michigan [cited 1 March 2020]. .




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2021.1078

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Copyright (c) 2021 Brandon Patterson, Lauren Clark, Ana C. Sanchez-Birkhead, Liliana I. Martinez, Marlene J. Egger

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.