Mivšek, A.P., Hundley, V. and Kiger, A., 2008. Slovenian midwives' and nurses' views on post-natal depression: an exploratory study. International Nursing Review, 55 (3), pp. 320-326.
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00620.x
Background: Post-natal depression affects approximately 10–15% of women. The literature suggests that midwives and nurses are key professionals in dealing with post-natal mood disorders. However, this would be a new role in Slovenia for which it is not clear whether midwives and nurses are prepared. Aim: This study explored Slovenian midwives' and nurses' knowledge of, and attitudes towards, post-natal mood disorders. Methods: Two focus groups were conducted, each with five participants, working in the maternity hospital and in the community centre in Postojna. Findings: Data were grouped into three main themes – knowledge of post-natal mental health disorders, role in the management of these issues, and perceived problems and possible solutions in the health care of post-natally depressed women. Participants lacked knowledge on post-natal mental health and did not consider its management to be their role. They saw the main obstacle to caring for these women as being a lack of continuity of carer. Conclusion: Slovenian midwives and nurses should be appropriately educated regarding this subject in order to become more capable of managing post-natal mental health. Continuous relationships with women should be encouraged. Limitations: Further investigation is required and a questionnaire survey involving a larger sample of midwives and community nurses is planned on the basis of the findings of this study.
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health|
|Deposited By:||Professor Vanora Hundley|
|Deposited On:||14 Mar 2012 10:32|
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