Dr. Beth Payne, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anaesthesia, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics, UBC
Abstract: Pre-eclampsia is a common complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure and end organ complications. Pregnant women living in poorer areas of the world who develop pre-eclampsia are 3 to 6 times more likely to lose their baby or die themselves than women in similar areas who do not develop pre-eclampsia. They are also over 10 times more likely to suffer a bad pregnancy outcome than women in the wealthiest areas of the world. These deaths are considered preventable. Increasing access to regular antenatal check-ups, including blood pressure monitoring, could significantly improve pregnancy outcomes for women with pre-eclampsia. The PIERS (Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk) on the Move project aimed to fill the gap in access to antenatal care, focused on pre-eclampsia, for women living in areas with under-resourced health systems. PIERS on the Move uses mobile technology to support task-shifting of pre-eclampsia diagnosis and triage to community health workers caring for pregnant women in their homes.
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