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

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    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, 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
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages7
    Pages (from-to)55-61
    JournalEvidence Based Midwifery
    Journal publication date01 Jun 2018
    Issue number2
    Volume16
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2018

      Research areas

    • Heart disease, online educational resources, health professionals

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