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.


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Yenupini Joyce Adams

Yenupini Joyce Adams is Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Keough School of Global Affairs and affiliated faculty in the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. Her research passion is to improve maternal health, promote safe motherhood, and decrease maternal mortality and morbidity, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and U.S, where the burden of maternal mortality is greatest.

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