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Women's Reproductive Health Education for a Midwestern Native American Nation

Nursing Research on the Green

2017 Abstract

Jennifer Anderson, RN; Rachael Guenzel, RN; and Jinette Lais, RN – Viterbo University 

  • Background:  Several health disparities exist for American Indian/Alaska Native women of childbearing years.
  • Significance:  Healthcare staff play a crucial role in regards to patient education.  Educational brochures are a common method of patient education, however this material is not always patient-tailored.
  • Purpose/objective:  The purpose of this project was to address these disparities at a select Native American Nation through the development and implementation of educational material focused on prenatal, antenatal, postpartum, and newborn care. In addition, the project aimed to increase the comfort level and knowledge base of healthcare providers in providing prenatal, antenatal, postpartum, and newborn care at this location.
  • Methods/project:  Methodology included implementation of population tailored pamphlets over a period of 120 days at two healthcare clinics within this Native American Nation. Healthcare staff were surveyed pre- and post-implementation of the tailored pamphlets.
  • Results:  Results concluded that healthcare staff perceived the pamphlets to be of benefit to both the staff and patients of this select population.
  • Clinical implications:  The main implication from this project was that population tailored educational material was useful to this select population and thus, may have the potential to positively impact health disparities.

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