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Midwives, obstetricians and prenatal screening

Wray, J and Maresh, M 2000, 'Midwives, obstetricians and prenatal screening ' , British Journal of Midwifery, 8 (131) , pp. 31-35.

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    Abstract

    Prenatal screening is a routine procedure within contemporary maternity care and most women opt for prenatal testing and become involved in various aspects of such tests. Evidence to date suggests that the level of the practitioner’s knowledge can impinge upon their communication skills and create barriers to information giving. A number of studies have identified that evaluations and monitoring of this aspect of antenatal care around information giving, staff training and guideline awareness, is minimal. Therefore, this study aimed to explore midwives’ and obstetricians’ perceptions of their roles, training needs, guideline awareness and their views of the local prenatal service. The study wasundertaken between 1996 and 1997 across seven maternity units and involved 245 midwives and obstetricians. In developing the method,published standards and guidelines for practice were used to underpin the approach chosen. The findings suggest that a lack of guideline awareness exists, as well as dissatisfaction with local prenatal screening servicesand an identified need for further training among midwives and obstetricians.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
    Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0969-4900
    Depositing User: Dr Julie Wray
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 11:26
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2478

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