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Digital support for parents of children in child health care - An evaluation of an intervention in primary care

PhD project Each child and family is unique, and the encounter with them should be adapted to their individual needs. Sweden has a well-developed child health service with the district nurse as a key person. The district nurse must meet parents and children on their terms to strengthen the adults in their role as parents and promote the child's development.

Through workshops with parents, child health nurses, managers and researchers in nursing and informatics/computer science, the framework for a digital channel will be created for parents to access during six months. Surveys will be administered to both an intervention group and a control group before, during and after the introduction of the digital channel. The intervention group and control group are two separate child health centres in a county in northern Sweden. The intervention aims to find and develop a digital solution that promotes parents' development of higher health literacy.

Head of project

Project overview

Project period:

2021-04-16 2023-04-07

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Nursing

Research area

Public health and health care science

Project description

Swedish child health care aims to promote children's health and development, prevent childhood illness, and support parents in their role as parents. The visits focus on growth and the child's developmental process and support parents in their role as the child's caregiver. The new parent is faced with an unfamiliar situation that can create a sense of insecurity. Therefore, this project intends to develop digital resources and communication tools to support parents' needs and adapt this to parents' level of e-health literacy. The aim of this project is, therefore, to develop and evaluate a digital channel in child health care for supporting parents in child health care issues with a particular focus on e-health literacy and satisfaction with care

This is a project using both qualitative and quantitative analysis. A workshop involving stakeholders such as parents, child health workers, managers and researchers in nursing and informatics/computer science, where wishes and needs are highlighted and used in the intervention.

Data collection will take place via two socioeconomically similar Child Health Centres, where participants will be asked via letter and provide consent via email, where surveys will then be distributed. Workshop conversations will be analysed using thematic analysis. The thematic analysis method identifies, analyse and describe patterns within the data collected. Statistical analysis is performed on quantitative data. The project has received ethical approval (Dnr: 2021-00412). All participants are informed, data are handled with confidentiality, and GDPR regulations are followed.