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A qualitative study of women's experiences of communication in antenatal care: Identifying areas for action

Raine, R., Cartwright, M., Richens, Y., Muhamed, Z. and Smith, D. (2009). A qualitative study of women's experiences of communication in antenatal care: Identifying areas for action. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 14(4), pp. 590-599. doi: 10.1007/s10995-009-0489-7

Abstract

To identify key features of communication across antenatal (prenatal) care that are evaluated positively or negatively by service users. Focus groups and semi-structured interviews were used to explore communication experiences of thirty pregnant women from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds affiliated to a large London hospital. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Women reported a wide diversity of experiences. From the users’ perspective, constructive communication on the part of health care providers was characterised by an empathic conversational style, openness to questions, allowing sufficient time to talk through any concerns, and pro-active contact by providers (e.g. text message appointment reminders). These features created reassurance, facilitated information exchange, improved appointment attendance and fostered tolerance in stressful situations. Salient features of poor communication were a lack of information provision, especially about the overall

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Communication, antenatal care, qualitative methods, thematic analysis
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3403
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