Exploring Caregivers’ Perspectives and Perceived Acceptability of a Mobile-Based Telemonitoring Program to Support Pregnant Women at High-Risk for Preeclampsia in Karachi, Pakistan: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

Anam Shahil Feroz, Salima Nazim Meghani, Haleema Yasmin, Sarah Saleem, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Hajraa Arshad, Emily Seto

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Abstract

Very little is known about the perspectives of the caregivers on the use of telemonitoring (TM) interventions in low-middle-income countries. Understanding caregivers’ perspectives on TM interventions is crucial, given that caregiving activities are correlated with the social, emotional, and clinical outcomes among pregnant women. This study aims to explore caregivers’ perspectives and perceived acceptability of a mobile phone-based TM program to support pregnant women at high-risk for preeclampsia. A qualitative description design was used to conduct and analyze 28 semi-structured interviews with a diverse group of caregivers. The study was conducted at the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan. The caregivers were identified through purposive sampling and additional caregivers were interviewed until the point of data saturation. The conventional content analysis technique was used to analyze digital audio recordings of the caregiver interviews. All caregivers embraced the proposed mobile phone-based TM program because they perceived many benefits, including a reduction in caregivers’ anxiety and workload, increased convenience, and cost-effectiveness. However, the caregivers cited several caveats to the future implementation of the TM program including the inability of some women and caregivers to use the TM program and the poor acceptance of the TM system among less educated and non-tech savvy families. Our study recommends developing a TM program to reduce the caregiver stress and workload, designing a context-specific TM program using a user-centric approach, training caregivers on the use of the TM program, sensitizing caregivers on the benefits of the TM program, and developing a low-cost TM program to maximize access.

Original languageEnglish
Article number392
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • Pakistan
  • caregivers
  • preeclampsia
  • pregnant women
  • qualitative
  • telemonitoring

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