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Studies of midwives’ and health visitors’ interprofessional collaborative relationships

Aquino, M. R. J. V. (2018). Studies of midwives’ and health visitors’ interprofessional collaborative relationships. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, university of London)

Abstract

This thesis explored the processes underlying interprofessional working relationships between midwives and health visitors in UK maternity services; using a multi method approach consisting of a systematic review, interviews, and focus groups. The systematic review synthesised the literature on midwife-health visitor collaboration, identifying barriers and enablers that are influential to successful interprofessional collaboration. Thus, the subsequent empirical studies attempted to explore these barriers and enablers in greater depth, from the perspectives of midwives and health visitors. Two studies utilised the Theoretical Domains Framework to explore the barriers and enablers to midwife-health visitor collaboration (Chapters 3 6). These are the first studies to examine midwives’ and health visitors’ perceived barriers and enablers to interprofessional collaboration using a psychologically grounded theoretical framework. Midwives and health visitors identified barriers and enablers to interprofessional collaboration across each of the 12 theoretical domains, such as ‘Knowledge’ (e.g. awareness of processes involved in contacting midwives) and ‘Memory, attention, and decision processes’ (e.g. contacting health visitors when there is a concern). Chapter 6 compared midwives’ and health visitors’ perceived barriers and enablers to interprofessional collaboration, and discussed its research and practice implications, including approaches to intervention development for improving interprofessional collaboration. For example, various behaviour change techniques can be integrated as part of interventions aiming to enhance interprofessional collaboration. The final empirical study attempted to address the gap in the interprofessional literature by involving service users’ views. Focus groups with recent mothers were conducted to gain explore their perspectives of interprofessional collaboration in maternity services. Findings suggest that women observe fragmentation between midwifery and health visiting. Participants recommended service changes including group based antenatal classes jointly provided by midwives and health visitors. In summary, the findings indicate that midwife-health visitor interprofessional collaboration is important to professionals and women, but will require health professional behaviour change along with service changes.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses > School of Health Sciences Doctoral Theses
School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/20330
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