Primary Investigator: Anne Drolet, MD
Collaborators: Sarina Schrager, MD
Location of study: Madison, WI
Background information: While prenatal care is evidence based, the schedule in which it is delivered has been primarily dictated by expert opinion. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) had recommended 12-14 prenatal visits throughout pregnancy, while the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended only 8 visits for otherwise low risk pregnancies.
In March 2020, rapid changes care delivery took place in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers worked to limit face to face interaction and shift care to virtual mediums when possible. The DFMCH OB provider team worked to create a schedule that allowed for evidence based prenatal care and limited potential exposures. The policy proposed by the department shifted some visits (primarily weeks 8-12, 16, 24, and 37) to a virtual visit with a provider.
There was some previous investigation into virtual prenatal care prior to the pandemic, but it was limited and often including additional RN or telemonitoring support. This study aims to examine unintended benefits or consequences of this change, provider perceptions, and patient satisfaction.
What is the potential student role in the project, including clinical time?
The student will help in collecting and analyzing data, performing chart reviews, and help in building surveys. There is an opportunity to collaborate with several health care providers and potentially implement QI work depending on the results. An interested student can become involved in all aspects of the project, and would be credited in dissemination efforts!
There is also opportunity for the resident to spend time in at the residency clinic over the summer, and get to know what life is like as a resident!