Breastfeeding - a framework for educating the primary care medical workforce

Brodribb, Wendy E. (2012) Breastfeeding - a framework for educating the primary care medical workforce. Breastfeeding Review, 20 2: 25-30.

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Author Brodribb, Wendy E.
Title Breastfeeding - a framework for educating the primary care medical workforce
Journal name Breastfeeding Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0729-2759
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 25
End page 30
Total pages 6
Place of publication Glen Iris, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Breastfeeding Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract Objective Breastfeeding is an important public health issue with an increase in infant and maternal morbidity and mortality for artificially-fed infants and their mothers. Doctors in primary care can influence mothers' infant feeding decisions, both positively and negatively, depending on the adequacy of their training. As there is no consistent approach to educating doctors in Australia at present, the development of a curriculum outline and educational strategies would be one step towards improving doctors' breastfeeding knowledge.

Approach
Studies investigating the breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes and training opportunities of doctors in Australia were reviewed and information pertinent to breastfeeding training of doctors working in primary care obtained. This information, in conjunction with relevant literature, was used to define a breastfeeding knowledge base and identify broader educational strategies applicable for the training of doctors.

Conclusion Australian primary care doctors require further breastfeeding training to be able to provide optimum care for breastfeeding mothers and their infants. This paper formulates a breastfeeding education framework for the training of medical students, junior doctors, GP registrars and GPs.
Keyword Breastfeeding
Medical education
physician
Medical practitioner
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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