Online educational resources for health professionals caring for pregnant women with heart disease: a scoping literature review using Arksey and O’Malley’s methodological framework

Mary Gillespie, Marlene Sinclair, Joan Condell, Brendan Bunting, Janine Stockdale

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Abstract

Background: Heart disease, although relatively rare in pregnancy, is the leading cause of maternal death in the UK, with just over 2 deaths per 100,000 maternities reported. Most of these deaths occurred in women with undiagnosed heart disease. Health professionals need to be equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills to help identify women at possible risk and to manage appropriately or to refer for specialist assessment, care and management.Aim: To identify the nature, content and accessibility of educational resources available to health professionals caring for pregnant women with heart disease Methods: A scoping review was undertaken using Arksey and O’Malley’s (2005) five stage methodological framework. Key search terms used were ‘pregnancy’, ‘education’, ‘training’, ‘heart disease’, ‘midwife’, ‘doctor’ with their related terms and appropriate Boolean operators, in seven databases, along with grey literature, organisational websites and an online web based search. The research question was: What is the nature, content and accessibility of education and training resources for health professionals caring for pregnant women with heart disease?Findings. A small number of papers discussed educational needs, without providing content evaluation of training or educational resources. A web based search for online availability of educational programmes revealed two resources which fitted the final inclusion criteria. Both resources revealed three overarching common themes in the context of health professional education in the care of pregnant women with heart disease: preconception care, cardiovascular adaptation to pregnancy and antenatal, intra natal,and postnatal management.Key conclusions and implications for practice: The evidence indicates limited discussion in the literature regarding training for health professionals and limited accessibility for online learning as part of continuing professional education. In view of this limitation and the small but growing cohort of pregnant women with heart disease, all professional staff caring for pregnant women should have access to ongoing education and training in order to maintain skills to manage appropriately or to make timely and appropriate referrals.Key words: Heart disease, online educational resources, health professionals, evidence-based midwifery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalEvidence Based Midwifery
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Heart disease, online educational resources, health professionals

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