The Co-development and Feasibility-Testing of an Innovative Digital Animation Intervention (DAISI) to Reduce the Risk of Maternal Sepsis in the Postnatal Period

Melanie Haith-Cooper, Tomasina Stacey, Fran Bailey, Sarah Broadhead-Croft

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Abstract

Introduction:
Sepsis is one of the most common causes of mortality in postnatal women globally and many other women who develop sepsis are left with severe morbidity. Women’s knowledge of postnatal sepsis and how it can be prevented by simple changes to behaviour is lacking.

Methods:
This paper describes the co-development and feasibility testing of a digital animation intervention called DAISI (digital animation in service improvement). This DAISI is designed to enhance postnatal women’s awareness of sepsis and how to reduce their risk of developing the condition. We co-designed the digital animation over a six-month period underpinned by theory, best evidence and key stakeholders, translated it into Urdu then assessed its use, firstly in a focus group with women from different Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups and secondly with 15 clinical midwives and 15 women(including BAME women). Following exposure to the intervention, midwives completed a questionnaire developed from the COM-B behaviour change model and women participated in individual and focus group interviews using similar questions.

Results:
The animation was considered acceptable, culturally sensitive and simple to implement and follow.

Discussion:
DAISI appears to be an innovative solution for use in maternity care to address difficulties with the postnatal hospital discharge process. We could find no evidence of digital animation being used in this context and recommend a study to test it in practice prior to adopting its use more widely. If effective, the DAISI principle could be used in other maternity contexts and other areas of the NHS to communicate health promotion information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837–844
Number of pages8
JournalMaternal and Child Health Journal
Volume24
Issue number7
Early online date30 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

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