Comparing Different Methods of Patient Education on Preeclampsia

2016-05-09 23:53:21 | BioPortfolio


Preeclampsia is a life-threatening condition unique to pregnancy which occurs in 5-8% of all pregnancies. It contributes to a large proportion of maternal mortality worldwide and these deaths largely result from delayed diagnosis (1-2).

A number of studies have shown that patient knowledge about preeclampsia is poor and that patient education can improve patient awareness (1, 3, 5-6). We would like to find out what type of patient education is most effective. We propose a three arm randomized controlled trial (RCT) where the first arm will receive a graphic card depicting signs and symptoms of preeclampsia, the second arm will watch an educational video on preeclampsia, and the third arm will have no visual form of patient education; they will be exposed only to the counseling they receive with their routine prenatal care. The card and video were both developed by the Preeclampsia Foundation and in a prior RCT the card was shown to be a useful educational intervention. Our study would expand on this previous data by comparing the graphic card to an informational video available on the Preeclampsia Foundation's website ( The effectiveness of this video has not yet been tested as an educational tool. Patients in the arm receiving the graphic card for educational intervention will be allowed to keep this card. Primiparous patients seen in the ambulatory prenatal clinic and Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) clinic will be enrolled at 18-24 weeks gestation. At the time of enrollment baseline preeclampsia knowledge, demographics, and patient anxiety before and after initial exposure to the educational interventions will be assessed. A follow up assessment of knowledge of preeclampsia will be obtained at 32-36 weeks gestation to measure retention of knowledge. Patient medical records will be reviewed for delivery outcomes which will be recorded and compared.


This is a three-arm prospective randomized controlled trial to evaluate patient knowledge of preeclampsia after different forms of education. One arm will be given a graphic card depicting signs and symptoms of preeclampsia; they will be permitted to keep this card. The second arm will be shown an educational video on preeclampsia. A third arm will have no visual form of patient education; they will be exposed only to the counseling they receive with their routine prenatal care. Participants will be primiparous patients recruited from the prenatal clinic at 18-24 weeks gestation. At time of consent, baseline anxiety assessment with the STAI-6 questionnaire will be obtained followed by a short demographic survey (8). The patient will be given a short survey on preeclampsia knowledge. The patient will then be randomized to either preeclampsia education with educational video, graphic card or no visual educational intervention. The participants will be randomized by computer-generated randomization schema (1:1:1). Those randomized to the card will be given a few minutes to review the card. Those randomized to the educational video will watch the video which runs two minutes and 45 seconds. For those randomized to no further intervention, the initial interview will then be over. For the first two arms receiving the graphic card or watching the video, the STAI 6 assessment will be re-administered immediately after the educational intervention and then the interview will be over. Medical record numbers from every participant will be collected for chart review of demographics, preeclampsia risk factors, pregnancy follow up (including triage calls and visits) and delivery outcomes. The participants will be approached again at 32-36 weeks gestation to complete a follow up preeclampsia knowledge survey to assess retention of knowledge. This follow-up survey will be collected via phone interview. Those in the control arm receiving routine prenatal care will also complete a follow up knowledge survey as a control.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label




Graphic card, Video


Not yet recruiting


Geisinger Clinic

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