An empirical investigation into beliefs about collaborative practice among maternity care providers

Watson, Bernadette M., Heatley, Michelle L., Kruske, Sue G. and Gallois, Cindy (2012) An empirical investigation into beliefs about collaborative practice among maternity care providers. Australian Health Review, 36 4: 466-470. doi:10.1071/AH11104


Author Watson, Bernadette M.
Heatley, Michelle L.
Kruske, Sue G.
Gallois, Cindy
Title An empirical investigation into beliefs about collaborative practice among maternity care providers
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
1449-8944
Publication date 2012-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AH11104
Volume 36
Issue 4
Start page 466
End page 470
Total pages 5
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To investigate agreement with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) definition of collaboration in maternity care by care providers, and to examine their preferences for models of care in order to shed light on the lack of success in implementing collaborative practice.

Methods:
Maternity care providers completed a survey in Queensland. The final sample consisted of 337 participants, including 281 midwives (83.38%), 35 obstetricians (10.39%), and 21 general practitioners (6.23%).

Results:
Ninety-one percent of the participants agreed with the NHMRC definition of collaboration: Midwives (M = 5.97, s.d. = 1.2) and doctors (obstetricians and general practitioners: M = 5.7, s.d. = 1.35) did not differ significantly in their level of agreement with definition (t (332) = –1.8, P = .068). However, 72% of doctors endorsed a doctor-led model of care, whereas only 6.8% of midwives indicated agreement with it. Fewer (56%) doctors agreed with the midwife-led model of care, whereas 99.3% of midwives endorsed it.

Conclusion:
The concept of collaboration does not recognise the different interpretations by midwives and doctors of its impact on their roles and behaviours. Successful collaborative practice requires the development of guidelines that recognise these differences and specify the communication behaviour that would assist midwives and doctors to practice collaboratively.
Keyword Working
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Publications
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