Australian midwives' attituded towards care for women with emotional distress

Jones, Cindy J., Creedy, Debra and Gamble, Jenny A. (2012) Australian midwives' attituded towards care for women with emotional distress. Midwifery, 28 2: 216-221. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2010.12.00

Author Jones, Cindy J.
Creedy, Debra
Gamble, Jenny A.
Title Australian midwives' attituded towards care for women with emotional distress
Journal name Midwifery   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-6138
Publication date 2012-04
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2010.12.00
Volume 28
Issue 2
Start page 216
End page 221
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted 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.

a postal survey. Setting: members of the Australian College of Midwives.

815 Australian midwives completed the survey.

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.

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.
Keyword Midwives’ attitude
Emotional care/distress
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Available online 20 February 2011

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