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Group Pregnancy Care for refugee background women: A codesigned, multimethod evaluation protocol applying a community engagement framework and an interrupted time series design

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posted on 02.08.2021, 03:11 by E Riggs, J Yelland, FK Mensah, L Gold, J Szwarc, I Kaplan, Rhonda SmallRhonda Small, P Middleton, A Krastev, E McDonald, Christine EastChristine East, C Homer, N Nesvadba, Laura Biggs, J Braithwaite, SJ Brown
Introduction Pregnancy and early parenthood are key opportunities for interaction with health services and connecting to other families at the same life stage. Public antenatal care should be accessible to all, however barriers persist for families from refugee communities to access, navigate and optimise healthcare during pregnancy. Group Pregnancy Care is an innovative model of care codesigned with a community from a refugee background and other key stakeholders in Melbourne, Australia. Group Pregnancy Care aims to provide a culturally safe and supportive environment for women to participate in antenatal care in a language they understand, to improve health literacy and promote social connections and inclusion. This paper outlines Froup Pregnancy Care and provides details of the evaluation framework. Methods and analysis The evaluation uses community-based participatory research methods to engage stakeholders in codesign of evaluation methods. The study is being conducted across multiple sites and involves multiple phases, use of quantitative and qualitative methods, and an interrupted time series design. Process and cost-effectiveness measures will be incorporated into quality improvement cycles. Evaluation measures will be developed using codesign and participatory principles informed by community and stakeholder engagement and will be piloted prior to implementation. Ethics and dissemination Ethics approvals have been provided by all six relevant authorities. Study findings will be shared with communities and stakeholders via agreed pathways including community forums, partnership meetings, conferences, policy and practice briefs and journal articles. Dissemination activities will be developed using codesign and participatory principles.

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Publication Date

19/07/2021

Journal

BMJ Open

Volume

11

Issue

7

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(p. e048271-e048271)

Publisher

BMJ

ISSN

2044-6055

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