Changing the risky beliefs of post-partum women about therapeutic sun-exposure

Harrison, Simone L., Devine, Susan G., Saunders, Vicki L., Smith, Annika D., Buettner, Petra G., and Nowak, Madeleine J. (2013) Changing the risky beliefs of post-partum women about therapeutic sun-exposure. Women and Birth, 26 (3). pp. 202-206.

[img] PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

View at Publisher Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2013.0...


Abstract

Background: Many post-partum women hold risky beliefs about perceived therapeutic benefits of sun-exposure in the post-partum period and infancy.

Question: Can a maternity hospital based educational intervention reduce the prevalence of such beliefs among post-partum women?

Methods: In this outcome evaluation of an interventional study, two groups of healthy post-partum women (hospital inpatients) were interviewed, 1–4 days following delivery. The first cross-section (106 women) was recruited prior to in-services for maternity staff; the second (203 women) was recruited after completion of the in-services. Data were compared between the groups.

Findings: More pre-intervention than post-intervention women reported they would expose their baby to sunlight to treat suspected jaundice (28.8% vs 13.3%; p < 0.001) or help his/her skin adapt to the sun (10.5% vs 2.5%; p = 0.003); or use sunlight to manage breastfeeding-associated sore/cracked nipples (7.6% vs 2%; p = 0.026).

Conclusion: This simple, effective educational intervention could be implemented in programmes for parents, health professionals and students.

Item ID: 29776
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: post-partum women, perceived therapeutic benefits, sun-exposure, neonatal jaundice, midwives
ISSN: 1878-1799
Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 05:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page