ZonMw grant for APH researchers Mirjam Fransen and Olga Damman for the project: Shared decision making in integrated maternity

APH researchers Mirjam Fransen and Olga Damman obtained a ZonMw grant for the project: Shared decision making in integrated maternity: development of health literacy sensitive strategies for professionals and client.

This project aims to systematically develop strategies to improve Shared Decision Making in integrated birth care. Although Shared Decision Making is emerging in healthcare, there are few really good examples of effective interventions in childbirth, especially for women with poor health skills.  

Inadequate health skills form a barrier to communication with care providers, but also in independently obtaining, understanding and applying information regarding the options a client has in the care of the birth. 

In this project we develop and evaluate tools to support clients in a number of essential ways with choices concerning pregnancy and birth, such as 'coping with pain during delivery' and 'problems with breast / bottle feeding'. In addition, we develop appropriate training modules for care providers. Both the tools and the training modules are developed in co-creation with the most important users: pregnant women, women who have just given birth, and all involved care providers (eg obstetricians, gynecologists, maternity nurses and professionals in youth health care). The effects of both the tools and the training are investigated in experimental studies.