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Text for Prenatal Health Study

This study has been completed.
University of Rochester
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cornell University Identifier:
First received: September 16, 2013
Last updated: November 13, 2014
Last verified: November 2014
Currently little is known about the health beliefs and behaviors of pregnant adolescents. The goal of this pilot study is to educate pregnant adolescents via social media about nutrition and fitness during pregnancy and to evaluate their health beliefs and behaviors before and after receiving this information. Data collected will provide new information on which to base subsequent research and can be used to inform nutritional guidelines or public health programming for this vulnerable age group.

Condition Intervention
Prenatal Attitudes and Beliefs About Health Other: Social Media Education

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Text for Prenatal Health Study

Further study details as provided by Cornell University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Adolescent health attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and behaviors [ Time Frame: Change from baseline in health beliefs and behaviors at 40 weeks ]
    Teens will receive text messages from study staff and health information will be posted to a private Facebook group page. They will be able to interact with one another and discuss further the topics that are posted to their group page or that they have received via text message. Before they receive any of these messages, they will complete a baseline nutrition knowledge survey and participate in a focus group/interview. Midway through the study, teens will complete a survey about their digital media usage. Close to delivery, the teens will complete a second nutrition knowledge survey and participate in a final focus group/interview. All discussions will be related to diet, physical activity and general behaviors that teens engage in independently for prenatal care. All interviews and focus groups will be recorded so that transcripts can be made and common themes identified.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Healthcare provider views [ Time Frame: From date of enrollment, up to 40 weeks ]
    Healthcare providers will be interviewed individually or in focus groups as key informants in order to gain a different view of pregnant adolescent health behaviors. Health professionals will complete a short demographic survey and participate in one interview in which they will be asked about general health advice they share with teens and how they perceive pregnant adolescent health behaviors. All interviews will be recorded so that transcripts can be made and common themes identified.

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: September 2013
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: October 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Teen Social Media Education
See description under intervention description
Other: Social Media Education
Health messages provided via a private Facebook group and cellular text messages will be provided across gestation.
No Intervention: Healthcare Provider Insights
Healthcare providers providing care to pregnant adolescents will serve as key informants to provide an additional perspective for adolescent health beliefs and behaviors.

Detailed Description:

The purpose of this pilot study is to find out if receiving electronic health information (e.g. text messages and Facebook posts) during pregnancy changes how pregnant teens think about their prenatal health and if fetal and maternal health outcomes can be improved. This study aims to:

  1. Assess the impact of providing health information to pregnant adolescents (through Facebook and text messages) on fetal and maternal health outcomes across pregnancy.
  2. Assess maternal nutrition knowledge using a brief questionnaire before and after the social media intervention.
  3. Evaluate adolescent beliefs, attitudes and influences on dietary, physical activity, and life choices by asking teens to participate in interviews and focus groups.
  4. Evaluate adolescent beliefs, attitudes and influences on dietary, physical activity and life choices through the perspective of healthcare providers by interviewing allied health workers at the adolescent pregnancy clinic.

Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • English speaking pregnant adolescents who have enrolled in the "Vitamin D Status Impacts Inflammation and Risk of Infections during Pregnancy" study (Clinical Trials ID: NCT01815047) and indicated interest on the consent form to participate in additional studies will be eligible to participate in this study. In order to participate, adolescents will have agreed to be contacted for future studies. Adolescents who are < 18 y, carrying a single fetus and between 12-30 weeks of gestation will be eligible to participate in this study.
  • Healthcare providers (> 18) who work at the adolescent maternity clinic and interact with pregnant adolescents will be eligible to participate in this study. This would include nurses, midwives, nutritionists, physicians, and social workers of all ages and genders.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exclusion criteria for this study include adolescent males and females who are not pregnant and do not speak English. Additionally, adolescents participants will be excluded if they have been diagnosed with eating disorders, malabsorption diseases, HIV infection, and diabetes (criteria outlined in parent study protocol; Clinical Trials ID: NCT01815047)
  • Healthcare providers who do not speak English will not be eligible to participate in this study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01951014

United States, New York
Rochester Adolescent Maternity Program Clinic
Rochester, New York, United States, 14609
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cornell University
University of Rochester
Principal Investigator: Corrie Whisner, PhD Cornell University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Cornell University Identifier: NCT01951014     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB #: 1308004041
2012-67012-19815 ( Other Identifier: NIFA )
Study First Received: September 16, 2013
Last Updated: November 13, 2014

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