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My Health eSnapshot: A Local Strategy for Improving Preconception Health Through Innovation and Technology

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Title: My Health eSnapshot: A Local Strategy for Improving Preconception Health Through Innovation and Technology
Author: Potwarka, Melissa; Montanaro, Cynthia; Lacey, Lyn
Abstract: Globally, there are challenges in recognizing preconception health (PCH) risk factors and their impact on maternal, child and family health. To address these challenges locally, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) conducted a literature review, environmental scan and community survey. This led to the creation of a patient-driven electronic PCH risk assessment tool called My Health eSnapshot. Through partnerships established between public health and primary care, My Health eSnapshot was studied across seven primary care locations in the WDGPH area in 2016. The purpose of the research was to determine whether or not a patient-driven electronic PCH risk assessment tool, for use during healthcare provider visits, would increase PCH knowledge and behaviour change among women of reproductive age (15-49 years). To study My Health eSnapshot, a technology based approach was used to support the implementation of a three part model which involves the patient completing the tool on a tablet in a healthcare provider’s office with results automatically integrated into their electronic medical record; discussing results with the patient’s healthcare provider; and receiving a customized patient handout. WDGPH conducted an evaluation to assess if this model led to increases in PCH knowledge and behaviour change among women of reproductive age, and also explored the model’s interest and sustainability from the patient and primary care perspectives.
Description: Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10267
Date: 2017-03-01


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