The influence of midwife communication on women’s understanding of Down syndrome screening information

Sophie John, Maggie Kirk, Emma Tonkin, Ian Stuart-Hamilton

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    27 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

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    Aims: To analyse how midwives communicate Down syndrome (DS) screening information and explore whether women’s understanding of DS screening information is influenced by midwives’ communicative style.
    Methods: Midwives (n=16) and women (n=100) were recruited from a regional National Health Service (NHS) unit in the United Kingdom (UK). A mixed methods design encompassed two components; audio-recorded antenatal consultations to assess midwives communication and quantitative surveys to assess women’s understanding of Down syndrome screening information presented.
    Findings: Midwife communication was not significantly related to women’s understanding of DS screening information. However, qualitative thematic analysis revealed midwife communication was often insufficient in fully describing DS and screening. Communication was not very interactive, midwives dominated conversations and did not sufficiently check women’s knowledge/understanding.
    Conclusions: Policy makers need to consider these findings with the implementation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing into midwifery practice and its implications for midwife training. Deficits in midwife communication in relation to established screening practice need to be addressed through additional training ahead of full implementation of NIPT.
    Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
    Tudalennau (o-i)768-779
    Nifer y tudalennau12
    CyfnodolynBritish Journal of Midwifery
    Cyfrol27
    Rhif cyhoeddi12
    Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar4 Rhag 2019
    Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
    StatwsCyhoeddwyd - Rhag 2019

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