United States

Investigating Patient Cognitive Load and Stress Levels During Postpartum Discharge

Life-threatening complications that occur after childbirth are often unpredictable and require rapid response, thus, all women who have a baby should be knowledgeable about the warning signs of potential complications. The bulk of patient education about potential complications and instructions for self-care and recovery is typically provided during discharge. The patients’ ability to understand and remember these instructions has many consequences for her health, especially her ability to identify warning signs of potential complications in a timely manner. Patients’ low cognitive load during discharge education after childbirth is important to ensure comprehension and understanding of their instructions. However, there is a scarcity of research on patients’ cognitive load and stress during discharge education. Using an assessment tool and skin conductance, we will investigate patients’ cognitive load and stress levels during discharge education after childbirth. Patient’s knowledge of potential complications will also be assessed
before discharge education and 6 weeks after discharge.

Research Focus

  • Maternal/Child and Community Health

    At the EIGH, our researchers explore multifaceted health issues pertaining to women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, reproduction, and infant and child well-being. Our focus to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates supports a global priority among health practitioners and researchers. Additionally, community-based research on the local and global levels promotes a team effort to protect and improve the health of population groups worldwide. 

Who’s Involved

EIGH Faculty

Global Partners

  • Kennesaw State University (Dr. Awatef Ergai, Dr. Ebony Glover, Dr. Afekwo Ukuku)
  • WellStar Health System

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