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Web-based information for pregnant women and new mothers with type 1 diabetes- a description of the development process

Karolina Linden1*, Marie Berg12 and Carina Sparud-Lundin12

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1 The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Box 457, Gothenburg, SE-405 30, Sweden

2 University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC), Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Box 457, Gothenburg, 405 30, Sweden

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BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012, 12:134  doi:10.1186/1472-6947-12-134

Published: 20 November 2012



This paper describes the process of developing specifically designed web-based maternity information for women with type 1 diabetes.


A participatory design was used and the information was evaluated in seven stages by researchers, professional experts and users. All steps of the development process were noted in an online logbook.


The information developed gradually and its contents were reviewed by nurse-midwives, nurses and physicians specializing in different key areas including diabetes care, paediatrics, obstetrics and breastfeeding, a clinical dietician and mothers with type 1 diabetes. The draft was reviewed in regard to its cultural suitability and the information material was adjusted to meet quality criterions. Finally, the text was adapted for a lay audience.


Using participatory design required time and resources, however; it proved a functional way of producing appropriate information for the target group.

Information; Pregnancy; Type 1 diabetes; Support; Website; Participatory design