Am J Health Promot. 2022 May 5:8901171221099496. doi: 10.1177/08901171221099496. Online ahead of print.


PURPOSE: To understand risk perception about cannabis use during pregnancy.

DESIGN: Mixed -Methods. Setting: Focus groups. Participants: Mothers.

METHOD: Focus groups were conducted to learn about person’s experiences with pregnancy, health-related behaviors, perception of risky behaviors (cannabis use), and receipt of health-related information during pregnancy. Participants completed the Electronic Health Literacy Scale, the Single Item Literacy Screener, and questions about whether topics were discussed during their prenatal care. Data were coded and analyzed iteratively for emerging themes. Descriptive statistics were used to characterize the sample.

RESULTS: Twenty-one persons (mean age = 34.4, 57% African American, 38% White, 5% Multi-racial) participated in 4 focus groups. One-third of the participants used cannabis; 24% used alcohol; and 48% used tobacco during pregnancy. Participant’s perceptions and use of cannabis during pregnancy were shaped by relief from pregnancy-related symptoms, recommendations from health care providers that cannabis is safe, anecdotal stories from friends and family, fear associated with prescription medications, and preference for « natural » remedies. The context of distrust of providers permeated these themes. The sample displayed poor e-health literacy compared to other adult samples.

CONCLUSION: Inter-related factors that influence cannabis use among persons who are pregnant should be considered when establishing trust between patients and providers, creating messages for patients about cannabis use during pregnancy, and when implementing interventions to improve provider-patient communication about health risk behaviors.

PMID:35512115 | DOI:10.1177/08901171221099496

Source: ncbi 2

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