In response to the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, many changes in the delivery of medical care changed to minimise the risk to both staff and patients through introducing physical distancing measures. One such change was the widespread implementation of telehealth for the delivery of antenatal care. Limited evidence exists regarding the use of telehealth for antenatal care. and whether it may impact pregnancy outcomes. New model of care guidelines for the use of telehealth in maternity care, aimed for a reduction in face to face consults of up to 70%. Telehealth consults are limited by the inability to conduct physical examinations, so a number of adjunct measures were introduced to support blood pressure checks and assessment of fetal growth. This research will assess the use of telehealth in maternity care at Monash Health, particularly the impact on face to face visit numbers, rate of pregnancy complications, such as pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction, as well as a composite of severe adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes. This information will assist in informing the ongoing use of telehealth in the delivery of maternity care at Monash Health following the SARS-COV-2 pandemic.
Telehealth; Obstetrics; Antenatal Care; Maternity
School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health / Hudson Institute of Medical Research » Obstetrics and Gynaceology
Top-up scholarship funding available
Monash Health Translation Precinct (Monash Medical Centre)