Journal article

Understanding the information needs of women with rheumatoid arthritis concerning pregnancy, post-natal care and early parenting: A mixed-methods study

Ilana N Ackerman, Joanne E Jordan, Sharon Van Doornum, Margaret Ricardo, Andrew M Briggs

BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) face a number of challenges in negotiating the journey to parenthood, no studies have explored the information needs of women with RA in relation to their childbearing years. This study aimed to determine the need for (and preferred mode/s of delivery of) information regarding pregnancy, post-natal care and early parenting among women with RA. METHODS: Interviews and focus groups were conducted with 27 women with RA who were pregnant in the last 5 years, currently pregnant or planning pregnancy. Verbatim transcripts were analysed using both inductive and deductive approaches. Two validated instruments were used to quantify information..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health (Australian) Early Career Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the study participants for their contribution to this research and would like to acknowledge Franca Marine (Arthritis Australia) for her support with recruitment. This research was supported by funding from the Angior Family Foundation and Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria. Dr Ackerman is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health (Australian) Early Career Fellowship (#520004). The funding bodies had no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; or in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.