The use of a perinatal internet consultation forum in Israel

D. Mankuta*, S. Vinker, S. Shapira, N. Laufer, D. Shveiky

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

To analyse the use of a free, public, perinatal internet consultation service, 2000 consultations provided by university hospital staff were evaluated over 30 months. Ninety five percent of the questioners were women, and 62% of them were primiparous. The average response rate was 2.3 audience responses per question. Fifty-two percent of the consultations were related to labour and delivery, 23% were related to pregnancy complications, 16% were related to prenatal diagnosis, and 7% were related to the puerperium period. We conclude that medical consultation forums provide an additional way of delivering inexpensive, accessible, fast, and convenient healthcare services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-110
Number of pages3
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume114
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Internet forum consultations
  • Labour and delivery
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Puerperium

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