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“There is no time for knowing each other”: Quality of care during childbirth in a low resource setting

Mgawadere, Florence ORCID:, Smith, Helen ORCID:, Asfaw, Atanfu, Lambert, Jaki and van den Broek, Nynke ORCID: (2019) '“There is no time for knowing each other”: Quality of care during childbirth in a low resource setting'. Midwifery, Vol 75, pp. 33-40.

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Objective: To explore women’s and healthcare provider’s perspectives of what quality of care during childbirth means to them and how this can be improved.

Design: 14 Focus Group Discussions (FGD) with women and 27 Key Informant Interviews (KII) with healthcare providers. Thematic framework analysis was used.

Setting: 14 public healthcare facilities across two districts in Malawi. Mothers who had given birth at a healthcare facility within the last 7-42 days and healthcare providers who were directly involved in maternity care

Findings: Perceptions of what constitutes good quality of care differed substantially. For healthcare providers, the most important characteristics of good quality care included structural aspects of care such as availability of materials, and sufficient human resources. For women, patient-centred care including a positive relationship and experience was prioritised. However, both groups had similar views on what constitutes poor quality of care; unwelcoming reception on admission, non-consented care, physical and verbal abuse were described as examples of poor care. Shortage of staff, poor labour room design and a non-functional referral system were key barriers identified.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WQ Obstetrics > Childbirth. Prenatal Care > WQ 160 Midwifery
WQ Obstetrics > WQ 20 Research (General)
WQ Obstetrics > Pregnancy > WQ 200 General works
WQ Obstetrics > Labor > WQ 300 General works
WQ Obstetrics > Labor > WQ 330 Complications of labor
WY Nursing > WY 157 Obstetrical nursing. Nurse midwifery
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 10:32
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 15:24


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