Prevent project

Usability of remote monitoring in pregnancy monitoring

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Project Requirements

Do you want to participate?
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Pregnant women

Maximum of 15 weeks. Have experienced a late miscarriage

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Smart Watch

You will have access to a smart watch

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Smartphone

Our app will be installed on your smartphone (ios or android)

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What is the purpose of the research?

The aim of our study is to develop a remote monitoring system for the use of maternity care to monitor the progress of pregnancy and identify abnormalities. The research is funded by the Academy of Finland and is carried out in cooperation with the Department of Nursing Science of the University of Turku, the Department of Future Technologies and the Women's Clinic of Turku University Hospital. At the moment, we are looking at the functionality and usability of a long-term remote monitoring system for monitoring the course of pregnancy and identifying possible abnormalities. In addition, we investigate the association between antenatal and postnatal attachment, pregnancy-related anxiety, loneliness, depressive symptoms and the parameters followed by remote monitoring.

How is the research carried out?

The research is carried out as a supplement to normal pregnancy monitoring, i.e. each participant normally visits her own maternity clinic and follows the instructions of the public health nurse/midwife. Participants will be given a smart watch that should be used as full-time as possible during pregnancy and three months after delivery. The smart watch registers the user's physical activity, sleep duration and quality, and heart rate. Participants will be asked to respond to short daily questions about their wellbeing via a smartphone app they will receive. In addition, some questionnaires will be sent to the participants via the app a couple of times during the study period. Participants will also have access to a blood pressure monitor for the study period and are requested to record the measured values in the smartphone app at least once a week. At the start of the study, the researchers will meet each participant personally for the smart watch and application deployment. The study does not require additional visits to maternity care or incurs costs for the participant. At the end of the study, the participant may keep the smart watch. The participant has the right to withdraw her participation in the study at any time.

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Who can participate?

We recruit women waiting for our research in the early stages of pregnancy. You may be suitable for our research if

  • your pregnancy has progressed to a maximum of 15 weeks.
  • you are interested in your well-being, for example physical activity, blood pressure, heart rate and sleep quality.
  • • you have experienced a late miscarriage (12 + 0 weeks of gestation or after) or preterm delivery (22 + 0 - 36 + 6 weeks of gestation) in your previous pregnancy.
  • you commit to using a smart watch during pregnancy and another three (3) months after delivery.
  • you have a maximum of one hour's drive to Turku





Do you need more information?

Contact us

hrmere@utu.fi | tel. +358 503215213

Henrika Merenlehto

elilan@utu.fi | tel. +358 409642727

Elisa Lankinen

hmniel@utu.fi | tel. +358 440535433

Hannakaisa Niela-Vilén

ft.sarhaddi@gmail.com

Fatemeh Sarhaddi (App supporter)

How to download the app?

We have both ios and android app

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