International Journal of Exercise Science 12(3): 581-589, 2019. Women who are pregnant report receiving little or no advice about physical activity during pregnancy from their obstetric provider. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an evidence-based educational brochure on both immediate and two-week retention of knowledge about exercise during pregnancy. Thirty-two women of childbearing age (age: 25.0 ± 4.0 years, body mass index: 29.5 ± 6.5 kg/m2, 93.7% Caucasian, 83.4% had at least some college) completed a survey before exposure to an evidence-based educational brochure regarding exercise during pregnancy. Post surveys were taken immediately after viewing the educational brochure and again 2-weeks later. After exposure to educational brochures, survey scores on both surveys were significantly higher immediately-post and two-weeks post compared to baseline survey scores (Survey 1 (assessing beliefs) – pre: 79.2 ± 8.9%, post: 92.6 ± 7.4%, 2-weeks post: 92.0 ± 6.5%, p < 0.001; Survey 2 (assessing knowledge) – pre: 65.3 ± 16.4%, post: 81.3 ± 14.9%, 2-weeks post: 78.8 ± 12.4%, p < 0.001). No significant differences detected between immediate post and 2-weeks post for either Survey 1 (p = 0.72) or Survey 2 (p = 0.52); suggesting the information was retained. An evidence-based educational brochure is effective for improving and retaining information 2-weeks later regarding exercise during pregnancy. However, replication studies in more diverse populations are needed to confirm the results of this pilot study. The long-term goal for this line of research is to urge health care providers to consider providing patients with educational information in order to improve knowledge and patient-provider communication on this topic.
Alvis, Madison L.; Morris, Cody E.; Garrard, Tiana L.; Hughes, Abigail G.; Hunt, Laura; Koester, Megan M.; Yocum, India C.; and Tinius, Rachel A.
"Educational Brochures Influence Beliefs and Knowledge Regarding Exercise during Pregnancy: A Pilot Study,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 12
3, Pages 581 - 589.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol12/iss3/9