Evaluation of an Internet-based database on infectious disorders during pregnancy: INFPREG



Objective. To evaluate the use of an Internet-based information system on infectious disorders (INFPREG) in antenatal care in Sweden.

Methods. A postal questionnaire was sent to all antenatal clinics in Sweden in 2000 (n = 515) and 2002 (n = 503). The questionnaire consisted of sections covering use of computers, availability of Internet connections and the use of INFPREG in patient care.

Results. We received 404 completed questionnaires in 2000 and 501 in 2002. In 2000, 81% of the midwives had access to computers at their antenatal clinics, and this number had increased to 93% in 2002. Sixty-eight percent and 88% in 2000 and 2002, respectively, had computers with an Internet connection.

Of the responding midwives, 74% in 2000 and 84% in 2002 had received information concerning INFPREG. In 2000, 29% of the midwives had visited INFPREG and this figure had increased to 58% in 2002. Of the midwives that had used INFPREG, 67% in 2000 and 81% in 2002 reported that the information obtained from the site was implemented in the patient care.

Of the responders, 45% in 2000 and 43% in 2002 claimed that they needed more information on how to use INFPREG.

Conclusions. A majority of midwives at antenatal clinics in Sweden have access to the Internet and are confident in using an Internet-based knowledge center on infectious disorders in pregnancy. The present study indicates a rapid acceptance among health care providers in antenatal care in Sweden of this new method for dissemination of information and guidelines. However, many midwives still want more information and knowledge on how to use an Internet-based information system.