Born in Belgium Professionals, a shared platform towards integrated care

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Pregnancy is a vulnerable period where attention to psychosocial well-being is of great importance and a window of opportunity to target those vulnerabilities. Born in Belgium Professionals, which is a National Institute of Health and Disability (NIHD) project, is a shared digital platform developed by and for care providers that offers support in the needs assessment and follow-up of psychosocial well-being in the perinatal period. More than 100 organisations were involved in the development phase. It resulted in a shared digital platform that offers an overview of the care providers involved, maps the psychosocial care needs by means of a questionnaire and propose customized care. Moreover, the platform facilitates referrals through integration with databases of the NIHD, Social Brussels, Social map Flanders,... The platform enables multidisciplinary consultation across primary and secondary care organisations. It can be integrated in Electronic Medical Files or can be accessed via a web link.

The platform is offered by the NIHD to all Belgian care providers working in the perinatal period: general practitioner, gynecologist, midwife, psychologist, social worker, non-profit organisation, ....

More than 1,500 women have already been followed up in the platform. Less than 1% of women refused to participate and over 87% of the women report at least one vulnerability. Further results will be reported in the future as well as thorough implementation analysis of the use of the platform along with barriers and facilitators to its use in practice. This will allow us to develop appropriate implementation strategies.
Period7 Jun 202310 Jun 2023
Event typeConference
LocationBrussels, Belgium
Degree of RecognitionInternational