HumanInsight Implementing the individualized postpartum care with telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic at tertiary hospital in Thailand
Heliyon. 2023 May;9(5):e16242. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e16242. Epub 2023 May 13.
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to identify the impact of implementing the new postpartum care (individualized rescheduling postpartum visit) with telemedicine on postpartum services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study conducted at Srinagarind Hospital, a tertiary hospital in northeast Thailand, to compare patient data before and after implementation. Delivery and postpartum data from May 2019 to December 2020 were retrieved from the hospital database. Intervention was implemented in March 2020. Data were analyzed to evaluate postpartum contact, contraceptive use, and breastfeeding using Wilcoxon rank sum and Chi-squared tests.
RESULTS: There was a significant increase in postpartum contact from 48.0% (95% CI. 45.8 to 50.3) before the implementation of telemedicine to 64.6% (95% CI. 61.9 25 to 67.2) after (adjusted OR 1.5, 95% CI. 1.2 to 1.8). In the post-intervention group, contraception use also increased significantly (84.7% vs 49.7%; p < 0.001), and a higher proportion of women relied on long-acting reversible contraception (16.6% vs 5.7%; p < 0.001). However, patients in the post-intervention group were less likely to practice exclusive breastfeeding (46.6% vs 75.1%; p < 0.001).
CONCLUSION: Rescheduling the timing of a comprehensive visit accompanied by telemedicine support improved postpartum contact and contraceptive utilization, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. However, the observed decrease in exclusive breastfeeding highlights the need for better telehealth support.ImplicationOur findings support that individualized postpartum care with telemedicine is a feasible and useful approach to sustain services during a pandemic.
PMID:37229160 | PMC:PMC10182597 | DOI:10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e16242
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