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
Research output: Contribution to journal › Literature review
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, intranatal,
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
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Evidence Based Midwifery|
|Journal publication date||01 Jun 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jun 2018|
- Heart disease, online educational resources, health professionals