Evaluation of an online learning module to improve nurses' and midwives' capacity to promote preconception health in primary healthcare settings

Karin Hammarberg, Ruby Stocker

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Optimal parental preconception health improves the likelihood of a successful pregnancy and a healthy child. Although primary healthcare professionals believe that it is within their role to promote preconception health to people of reproductive age, few do this routinely, in part because they lack knowledge on the topic and confidence to discuss it with their patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of a free online learning module to assist nurses and midwives in primary health care to promote preconception health in their practice. A repeat online survey was administered before and after completion of the online learning module. The survey included questions gauging knowledge about and attitudes towards promoting preconception health. In all, 121 nurses/midwives completed the two surveys and the learning module. There were statistically significant improvements in the knowledge scores (from 6.42 to 8.31; P < 0.001) and in the proportion of participants who reported feeling confident in their knowledge about preconception health (from 15% to 53%). Almost all (95%) were satisfied with the duration and content of the learning module. The findings of this study suggest that the learning module is acceptable and improves nurses' and midwives' capacity to promote preconception health in their practice.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • clinical practice
  • health promotion
  • nursing
  • online learning
  • preconception health
  • pregnancy health
  • pregnancy planning
  • primary care

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