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Online antenatal care in COVID-19 epidemic
Evidence of accessing antenatal care information via hospital official account on social media platforms supports mental wellbeing in COVID-19 epidemic
Our member Professor Mu Li was one of the members of a team that conducted an online survey among over 1800 pregnant women from 22 provinces in China in the early phase of the coronavirus epidemic. We found many women experiencing stress, anxiety and depression from the epidemic and restriction of movement; accessing to antenatal care information and services from hospital official account on the two major Chinese social media platforms WeChat and Sina Weibo were likely to reduce the risk and support their mental wellbeing. It is important to protect this vulnerable population in the global pandemic.
The manuscript has been posted to the Bulletin of World Health Organisation “COVID-19 open site” according to the protocol for public health emergencies for international concern. The Bull World Health Organ. Editorial emphasises that “Efforts for expedited data and results reporting should not be limited to clinical trials, but should include observational studies, operational research,…….”.
Jiang H, Jin L, Qian X, Xiong X, La X & Chen W……Li M. Evidence of accessing antenatal care information via social media platforms supports mental wellbeing in COVID-19 epidemic. [Submitted]. Bull World Health Organ. E-pub: 18 March 2020. doi.