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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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: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
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: 16 Feb 2022 08:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2478

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