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Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding miscarriage: A cross-sectional study among Flemish midwives
University Centre for Nursing&Midwifery, Department of Public Health, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
University Centre for Nursing&Midwifery, Department of Public Health, Ghent University, Ghent; Odisee University College, Department Midwifery, Belgium.
University Centre for Nursing&Midwifery, Department of Public Health, Ghent University, Ghent.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3080-8716
University Centre for Nursing&Midwifery, Department of Public Health, Ghent University, Ghent; Nursing Science, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.
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2018 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 56, p. 44-52Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: to examine the knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP) of Flemish midwives regarding miscarriage.

DESIGN AND SETTING: a cross-sectional KAP study was conducted in 28 hospitals in Flanders (Northern region of Belgium) from September 2015 to January 2016.

PARTICIPANTS: a total of 647 out of 1200 midwives (53.9%) working on maternity, labour and gynaecological wards, maternal and neonatal (intensive) care units, antenatal consultations, and reproductive medicine were recruited.

MEASUREMENTS: data were collected using a semi-structured, self-administered questionnaire.

FINDINGS: = 96.574, df = 1, p<0.001). The majority (72.4%) indicated a lack of knowledge regarding miscarriage. Almost 89% expressed a need for extra training.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: midwives in Flanders assist in the care for couples with miscarriage and consider themselves as a key healthcare provider in the psychosocial support. This study highlighted several barriers regarding miscarriage care, e.g. a lack of knowledge and incapability. Adequate training in knowledge and communication skills is important and necessary in order to promote appropriate care to couples experiencing pregnancy loss and increase awareness among all health professionals involved in obstetric care. Further research should investigate to what extent miscarriage is included in the educational midwifery programmes, and how the current healthcare practice regarding miscarriage care is organised.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 56, p. 44-52
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Attitude, Knowledge, Midwifery, Midwives, Miscarriage, Practices
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73174DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2017.09.017ISI: 000416033700006PubMedID: 29059636Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053010705OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-73174DiVA, id: diva2:1296481
Available from: 2019-03-15 Created: 2019-03-15 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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