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Opinions of healthcare professionals regarding the maternity experiences of indigenous women in an acute care setting

Watson, Jennifer M., Hodson, Katrina, Johnson, Rhona, Kemp, Katherine M. and May, Jessica J. (2002). Opinions of healthcare professionals regarding the maternity experiences of indigenous women in an acute care setting. Australian Journal of Rural Health,10(3):161-167.

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Title Opinions of healthcare professionals regarding the maternity experiences of indigenous women in an acute care setting
Author Watson, Jennifer M.
Hodson, Katrina
Johnson, Rhona
Kemp, Katherine M.
May, Jessica J.
Journal Name Australian Journal of Rural Health
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 10
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1038-5282   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0036597530
Start Page 161
End Page 167
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Melbourne
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This is the report of stage three of a three stage project. The aims of the overall project were to seek advice from expert Indigenous women on how to gather information from birthing Indigenous women while in hospital. Information was gathered from Indigenous women who gave birth in hospital or were admitted after the birth of their baby. The opinions of healthcare professionals on the care of these women were investigated. This paper describes the opinions and concerns of healthcare professionals regarding identified cultural, social and economical issues for Indigenous women at a large acute care hospital in the Northern Territory, Australia. The opinions of healthcare professionals are vital if the needs and concerns of Indigenous women are to be considered within the hospital setting.

Stages one and two of this project have been presented previously. Stage three, reported here, describes a survey of 18 non-Indigenous and one Indigenous healthcare professionals regarding their opinions of the maternity experiences of Indigenous women admitted to an acute care setting. The consultative process for designing the questionnaire and reflections on issues raised by Indigenous women during their interviews in the previous two stages is presented. The methodology of the survey, demographics and perceptions of healthcare professionals who participated in the project are examined and the similarities and differences between the issues raised by the healthcare professionals and the Indigenous women in stage two of the project are discussed. Suggestions made by the healthcare professionals regarding improving quality of care for Indigenous women when admitted to an acute healthcare setting are presented.
Keywords Aboriginal women
acute care services
Australoid race
birthing
communication
healthcare professionals
Indigenous
maternal experiences
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1440-1584.2002.00450.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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