Antenatal care (ANC) is considered a cornerstone of reproductive health programmes, but many women face difficulties in accessing these services, particularly in some sub-Saharan African countries, such as Tanzania. This study aimed to test ANC visit acceptability using mHealth system PANDA (Pregnancy And Newborn Diagnostic Assessment) in the Mufindi district (Tanzania). We investigated the ANC visit acceptability of pregnant women and healthcare workers (HCWs) in an intervention area using the PANDA system compared with a control area. An ad hoc questionnaire was administered to pregnant women in an implementation area (n = 52) and in a control area (n = 46). In the implementation area, group interviews with 50 pregnant women were conducted and five HCWs evaluated ANC visits through a questionnaire. The implementation group was significantly more satisfied with the ANC visit compared with the control group. All the 52 women and the HCWs declared that PANDA icons were useful in understanding and remembering the provided information and the PANDA app was able to improve the ANC quality and to positively influence the relationship of HCWs and pregnant women. HCWs reported that the PANDA app was "easy-to-use" and "able to improve the adherence to ANC WHO recommendations". In underserved areas, many pregnant women could benefit from the PANDA system increasing their access to high-quality ANC and overcoming language and/or literacy barriers.

Use of a mHealth System to Improve Antenatal Care in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries: Report on Patients and Healthcare Workers' Acceptability in Tanzania / Paduano, Stefania; Incerti, Federica; Borsari, Lucia; Benski, Anne Caroline; Ernest, Alex; Mwampagatwa, Ipyana; Lilungulu, Athanase; Masoi, Theresia; Bargellini, Annalisa; Stornelli, Federica; Stancanelli, Giovanna; Borella, Paola; Rweyemamu, Maria Angelica. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. - ISSN 1660-4601. - 19:22(2022), pp. 15342-15352. [10.3390/ijerph192215342]

Use of a mHealth System to Improve Antenatal Care in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries: Report on Patients and Healthcare Workers' Acceptability in Tanzania

Paduano, Stefania
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Incerti, Federica;Borsari, Lucia;Bargellini, Annalisa;Stancanelli, Giovanna;Borella, Paola;
2022-01-01

Abstract

Antenatal care (ANC) is considered a cornerstone of reproductive health programmes, but many women face difficulties in accessing these services, particularly in some sub-Saharan African countries, such as Tanzania. This study aimed to test ANC visit acceptability using mHealth system PANDA (Pregnancy And Newborn Diagnostic Assessment) in the Mufindi district (Tanzania). We investigated the ANC visit acceptability of pregnant women and healthcare workers (HCWs) in an intervention area using the PANDA system compared with a control area. An ad hoc questionnaire was administered to pregnant women in an implementation area (n = 52) and in a control area (n = 46). In the implementation area, group interviews with 50 pregnant women were conducted and five HCWs evaluated ANC visits through a questionnaire. The implementation group was significantly more satisfied with the ANC visit compared with the control group. All the 52 women and the HCWs declared that PANDA icons were useful in understanding and remembering the provided information and the PANDA app was able to improve the ANC quality and to positively influence the relationship of HCWs and pregnant women. HCWs reported that the PANDA app was "easy-to-use" and "able to improve the adherence to ANC WHO recommendations". In underserved areas, many pregnant women could benefit from the PANDA system increasing their access to high-quality ANC and overcoming language and/or literacy barriers.
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Use of a mHealth System to Improve Antenatal Care in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries: Report on Patients and Healthcare Workers' Acceptability in Tanzania / Paduano, Stefania; Incerti, Federica; Borsari, Lucia; Benski, Anne Caroline; Ernest, Alex; Mwampagatwa, Ipyana; Lilungulu, Athanase; Masoi, Theresia; Bargellini, Annalisa; Stornelli, Federica; Stancanelli, Giovanna; Borella, Paola; Rweyemamu, Maria Angelica. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. - ISSN 1660-4601. - 19:22(2022), pp. 15342-15352. [10.3390/ijerph192215342]
Paduano, Stefania; Incerti, Federica; Borsari, Lucia; Benski, Anne Caroline; Ernest, Alex; Mwampagatwa, Ipyana; Lilungulu, Athanase; Masoi, Theresia; Bargellini, Annalisa; Stornelli, Federica; Stancanelli, Giovanna; Borella, Paola; Rweyemamu, Maria Angelica
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