Pathways to Preeclampsia

Pathways to preeclampsia: A partnered approach to educational materials and knowledge translation

  • Community Partner: Violet Mateljan, Preeclampsia Foundation Canada
  • UBC Partner: Marianne Vidler, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine
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Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure. If left untreated, it can cause serious, life-threatening pregnancy complications, for both parent and baby. Unfortunately, while rates of preeclampsia are increasing in Canada, many of its risk factors are difficult to communicate to a public audience (and to pregnant women and their families).In partnership between the Preeclampsia Foundation Canada (Community project partner) and UBC PRE-EMPT (PREgnancy Evidence, Monitoring, Partnerships and Treatment [University project partner]), we will work with patient partners to develop the ‘Pathways to Preeclampsia’ risk communication tool. Our patient partners are individuals who are former patients, survivors, and experts around the condition of preeclampsia. They provide invaluable input by guiding and informing research activities through their lived experience, and ensuring the research activities are relevant, representative, and meaningful to patient and public audiences. Our ‘Pathways to Preeclampsia’ project will aim to consolidate and disseminate research findings through development of a visually engaging and interactive tool. This tool aims to communicate individual risk factors for preeclampsia to pregnant populations in Canada. Our hope is that by having a better understanding of their risk factors, pregnant populations will be better equipped to seek care early in pregnancy.