Australian midwives' attitudes towards care for women with emotional distress

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Title Australian midwives' attitudes towards care for women with emotional distress
Author Jones, Cindy Jingwen; Creedy, Debra; Gamble, Jennifer Ann
Journal Name Midwifery
Editor Debra Bick
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Objective to assess Australian midwives' attitudes towards caring for women with emotional distress and their perceptions of the extent to which workplace policies and processes hindered such care. Design a postal survey. Setting members of the Australian College of Midwives. Participants 815 Australian midwives completed the survey. Measurements a modified version of the 17-item REASON questionnaire (McCall et al., 2002) that was originally developed for used by General Practitioners to measure their attitudes towards their role in the management of patients with mental health disorders. Findings An exploratory factor analysis with Varimax rotation identified four factors that reflected midwives' (1) perceptions of systemic problems that hindered emotional care, (2) attitudes towards working with women experiencing emotional health problems, (3) perceived competence in using treatment techniques and (4) attitudes and perceived competence towards the referral of women with depression and anxiety to other health professionals. Key conclusions and implications for practice participating midwives indicated their willingness to offer assistance and acknowledged the importance of providing emotional care to women. In practice, emotional care by midwives is impeded by perceived lack of competency rather than a lack of interest. Midwives' competency in the assessment and care of women with conditions such as depression and anxiety may be enhanced through continuing professional education.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 28
Issue Number 2
Page from 216
Page to 221
ISSN 0266-6138
Date Accessioned 2012-02-27
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Midwifery
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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