Effect of the Promoting Program for Prenatal Diagnosis Understanding via Social Media on Anxiety and Knowledge among Risk Couples for Severe Fetal Thalassemia

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Waraporn Rungrojprateep
Wanna Phahuwatanakorn
Piyanun Limruangrong
Pharuhas Chanprapaph


Purpose: o study the effect of the promoting program for prenatal diagnosis understanding via social media on anxiety and knowledge among risk couples for severe fetal thalassemia.

Design: Experimental study. 

Methods: The subjects were pregnant women and their husbands, who were diagnosed as couples at risk of having a baby with severe thalassemia. There were 61 couples who received antenatal care services at two university hospitals (31 pairs of experimental group and 30 pairs of control group). The instruments used for data collection included the State Anxiety Inventory Form X-1, and the Knowledge of Thalassemia and Preparation before the Prenatal Diagnosis. ata were analyzed by independent t-test, paired sample t-test, Mann-Whitney test, and Wilcoxon signed-rank test.

Main findings: The promoting program for prenatal diagnosis understanding via social media could significantly reduce anxiety among pregnant women and their husbands (p < .05) and significantly increase knowledge in pregnant women (p = .001).

Conclusion and recommendations: The promoting program for prenatal diagnosis understanding via social media can be used to reduce anxiety and increase knowledge among pregnant women and husbands who are at risk of having severe fetal thalassemia. The study findings suggest that nurses and midwives should apply this program as a practice guideline to care for couples at risk of having fetal thalassemia with closely monitoring via assessment forms and online applications.

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Rungrojprateep, W., Phahuwatanakorn, W., Limruangrong, P., & Chanprapaph, P. (2024). Effect of the Promoting Program for Prenatal Diagnosis Understanding via Social Media on Anxiety and Knowledge among Risk Couples for Severe Fetal Thalassemia. Nursing Science Journal of Thailand, 42(2), 73–88. Retrieved from https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/ns/article/view/263858
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