Australian healthcare providers’ preferences for long-term health education after hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: a qualitative study

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BMJ open. 2022 May 26;12(5):e055674. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055674.


OBJECTIVES: To explore the preferred content, format and access of Australian healthcare providers (HCPs) and access to education regarding long-term health after hypertensive disorder of pregnancy (HDP), in order to guide the development of education programs.

DESIGN AND CONTEXT: A qualitative study using frame analysis was undertaken. Registered HCPs who practiced in Australia and had already completed a long-term health survey after the HDP were invited to participate.

PARTICIPANTS: Twenty health professionals were interviewed, including midwives, specialized gynecologists-obstetricians, general practitioners with degrees in obstetrics-gynecology and cardiologists.

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURES: Exploration of preferred content, format and distribution of post-HDP educational materials.

RESULTS: Twenty healthcare professionals were interviewed from April to May 2020. Four main categories were identified. “Getting evidence-based information for own learning” dealing with own learning with a preference for multidisciplinary education, preferably endorsed or facilitated by professional organizations. “Optimizing the Referral Process from Hospital to Community Health Services” addressed the need for structured long-term follow-up to transition from hospital to community health and align with HDP guidelines . “Facilitating Women’s Health Literacy” responded to the need for evidence-based, print or online materials to facilitate risk discussions with women. Seizing Educational Opportunities addressed the responsibility of all health professionals to identify educational opportunities to initiate key health conversations with women.

CONCLUSIONS: HCP provided insights into the content, format and access to education regarding long-term post-HDP health in the settings of the Australian healthcare context. This evidence will guide educational developments for HCPs on post-HDP health to ensure they can better support women and families.

PMID:35618327 | DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055674