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Emergency preparedness education for pregnant and postpartum women: a structured review of the literature and an assessment of selected web-based materials

McDonough, Brianna Lynn (2014) Emergency preparedness education for pregnant and postpartum women: a structured review of the literature and an assessment of selected web-based materials. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Public health emergencies and disasters have a disproportionate impact on pregnant and postpartum women and infants. Improving maternal emergency preparedness is a public health priority, and more research is needed to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various intervention approaches. The purpose of this thesis is to explore the types of emergency preparedness education available to pregnant and postpartum women. Two types of educational intervention were identified: guided learning and self-directed learning. Guided learning was defined as educator-led interventions; self-directed learning was defined as an approach that relies on the initiative of the audience to learn without the aid of a teacher. A search of the peer-reviewed published journal literature was conducted to find guided learning interventions. A sample of self-directed learning resources was assessed for readability and suitability using the Suitability Assessment of Materials. The guided learning intervention literature search found that there is a considerable lack of emergency preparedness interventions for pregnant and postpartum women in the peer-reviewed published journal literature. The assessment of a sample of self-directed learning resources found factors in need of revision for each web page, including unsuitable literacy demand and a lack of informative graphics in these materials. Better graphics, more helpful layout, and appropriate literacy demand would improve the suitability of these materials. These findings about the state of emergency preparedness education for pregnant and postpartum women guide suggestions for future research and intervention.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
McDonough, Brianna Lynnblm76@pitt.eduBLM76
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorTrauth, Jeanette M.trauth@pitt.eduTRAUTH
Committee MemberFolb, Barbara Lfolb@pitt.eduFOLB
Committee MemberFelter, Elizabeth
Date: 27 June 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 April 2014
Approval Date: 27 June 2014
Submission Date: 1 May 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 56
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: emergency preparedness, education, pregnant, postpartum, infant, disaster, readiness
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2014 22:22
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:19


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