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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158408
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Pilot Evaluation of an Internet-Based Fertility Education and Monitoring Program
Abstract:
Pilot Evaluation of an Internet-Based Fertility Education and Monitoring Program
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
Author:Fehring, Richard, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Marquette University
Title:College of Nursing
Contact Address:P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI, 53201-1881, USA
Contact Telephone:414-288-3838
Co-Authors:R. Fehring, M. Schneider, College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI;
Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate an online fertility awareness (FA) education and service program that is administered by professional nurses through a University FA education center. The online FA program entails quick instructions for charting fertility indicators, information on fertility, an online electronic charting system, discussion rooms for users, and access to consultation with professional nurses, physicians, and a bioethicist. Conceptual Base: Acceptability, access, ease of use, and knowledge of fertility monitoring for achieving or avoiding pregnancy. Design: Prospective cohort repeated measure. Participants: The Web site was piloted with 75 volunteer women seeking FAM services to avoid or achieve a pregnancy. The woman users were between the ages of 22-41 (mean age 29.2 years) and had an average of 1.97 children. Most (83%) were white, married (86%), and Roman Catholic (88%). Thirty-two percent of the women were post-partum breastfeeding and 41% were experiencing regular menstrual cycles of 25-35 days in length. Most (77%) were using the system to avoid pregnancy. Outcomes: The web site was automatically evaluated online by use of a 10 item fertility quiz and a 10 item satisfaction/ease of use survey administered after one, three, and six months of use. Intended and unintended pregnancies were monitored by professional nurses by use of an online self-assessed pregnancy evaluation form. Results: Preliminary mean knowledge scores on the fertility quiz increased non-significantly from initial use (9.14, SD=0.18) to one month (9.39, SD=0.14), t = 1.88, p < 0.07. Satisfaction/ease of use item scores ranged from a low of 3.33 with item #6 = "decreased anxiety about pregnancy" to a high of 5.17 with item #10 = "chances of avoiding pregnancy" out of a possible range of 0-7. All mean scores of the 10 satisfaction items were significantly lower than the satisfaction scores of (N=77) in-person FAM users. One participant out of 75 reported an unintended pregnancy at 3 months of use. Conclusion: Initial satisfaction/ease of use with an online FAM program is lower than an in-person program. However, the online system seems to provide adequate knowledge of fertility and the ability to meet pregnancy intentions.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePilot Evaluation of an Internet-Based Fertility Education and Monitoring Programen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158408-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Pilot Evaluation of an Internet-Based Fertility Education and Monitoring Program</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Fehring, Richard, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Marquette University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI, 53201-1881, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">414-288-3838</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">richard.fehring@marquette.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">R. Fehring, M. Schneider, College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate an online fertility awareness (FA) education and service program that is administered by professional nurses through a University FA education center. The online FA program entails quick instructions for charting fertility indicators, information on fertility, an online electronic charting system, discussion rooms for users, and access to consultation with professional nurses, physicians, and a bioethicist. Conceptual Base: Acceptability, access, ease of use, and knowledge of fertility monitoring for achieving or avoiding pregnancy. Design: Prospective cohort repeated measure. Participants: The Web site was piloted with 75 volunteer women seeking FAM services to avoid or achieve a pregnancy. The woman users were between the ages of 22-41 (mean age 29.2 years) and had an average of 1.97 children. Most (83%) were white, married (86%), and Roman Catholic (88%). Thirty-two percent of the women were post-partum breastfeeding and 41% were experiencing regular menstrual cycles of 25-35 days in length. Most (77%) were using the system to avoid pregnancy. Outcomes: The web site was automatically evaluated online by use of a 10 item fertility quiz and a 10 item satisfaction/ease of use survey administered after one, three, and six months of use. Intended and unintended pregnancies were monitored by professional nurses by use of an online self-assessed pregnancy evaluation form. Results: Preliminary mean knowledge scores on the fertility quiz increased non-significantly from initial use (9.14, SD=0.18) to one month (9.39, SD=0.14), t = 1.88, p &lt; 0.07. Satisfaction/ease of use item scores ranged from a low of 3.33 with item #6 = &quot;decreased anxiety about pregnancy&quot; to a high of 5.17 with item #10 = &quot;chances of avoiding pregnancy&quot; out of a possible range of 0-7. All mean scores of the 10 satisfaction items were significantly lower than the satisfaction scores of (N=77) in-person FAM users. One participant out of 75 reported an unintended pregnancy at 3 months of use. Conclusion: Initial satisfaction/ease of use with an online FAM program is lower than an in-person program. However, the online system seems to provide adequate knowledge of fertility and the ability to meet pregnancy intentions.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:01:21Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:01:21Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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