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U of A Faculty of Nursing ~ Cameras, Conversations & Collaboration ~ Perinatal Mood Disorders

U of A Faculty of Nursing Study
Cameras, conversations, and collaboration: Using Photovoice to Develop an E-Learning Resource to Support Nursing Students’ Understanding of Perinatal Mood Disorders

Gerri Lasiuk RPN, RN, PhD
Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

Susan Prendergast MN, RN, NP
Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

Corrie Rhyasen Erdman MA
Postpartum Depression Support Network

Nurses have a key role in caring for women who have perinatal mood problems, yet many do not learn about perinatal mood problems when they are students. The aim of this study is to work with a group of women who have had a perinatal mood problem to develop a learning resource about perinatal mood problems for nursing students.

You can take part in this study if you:
- Are a woman, 18 years old or older
- Speak and write English
- Have experienced a perinatal mood problem (e.g., prenatal anxiety or depression, postpartum depression, etc.) during pregnancy and up to 18 months of giving birth
- Do not currently have symptoms
- Have little or no experience taking photographs

a) Take part in an interview with one of the study team that will focus on your experience of living with a perinatal mood problem. Themes from the interview will be shared with other women in the study
b) Create photographs that say something about your experience of living with a perinatal mood problem and then meet 6 times in a group* to view and talk about your photographs. Through discussion, the group will choose photographs to be used in a learning resource for nursing students and other health professionals.
*childcare will be provided on site

Some women might feel upset after thinking and talking about a difficult time in their lives. If this occurs, the research team will offer you support and assist you to get additional help if you need it.

Talking about difficult things in a safe and supportive group can be a positive experience. Some women may also feel good about being part of a study that is trying to improve women’s health care.

- Everyone who takes part in the study will be asked to sign an agreement not to share anything about the study with anyone outside of the study
- You can decide how you want to introduce yourself to the group – e.g., you may choose to use your first name only or make up a name
- The research team will keep all information confidential unless the law requires us to report it (e.g., if a person tells us that they are going to harm their self or someone else; if we learn that a child is in danger or being hurt)
- You will be the sole owner of the photographs that you take and of your written descriptions
- Your photographs will not be used in the teaching resource unless you consent to their use
- People who view the learning resource may recognize your face, they will not have access to your name or other identifying information
- At the end of the study, all study materials (except the learning resource) will be kept in a locked cabinet in Gerri Lasiuk’s private office for 5 years and then destroyed as per University of Alberta Health Ethics Review Board (HREB) policy. The learning resource will be used for educational purposes indefinitely (i.e., as long as it is relevant and useful)
- If information collected for this study is used in other research, it will undergo another review by the University of Alberta HREB
Questions about your rights as a research participant may be directed to the University of Alberta Research Ethics Office at telephone number (780) 492-2615.

If you have any questions or wish to be part of this study please leave a message for:
Corrie Rhyasen, Research Assistant  780.492.6908.