The impact on midwives of undertaking screening for domestic violence - focus group findings

McCosker-Howard, Heather M., Kain, Victoria J., Anderson, Debra J., & Webster, Joan (2005) The impact on midwives of undertaking screening for domestic violence - focus group findings. Birth issues, 14(2), pp. 49-56.


Objective: To investigate the impact mandatory screening for domestic violence has had upon registered midwives. Design: Three phase study – Phase one involved focus group interviews. Setting: Hospitals in South-East Queensland undertaking mandatory domestic violence screening. Participants: Registered midwives undertaking screening for domestic violence. Results: Several barriers were identified that directly impacted upon the midwives' potential to screen effectively. Barriers identified were classified as intrinsic (intrapersonal and perception) and extrinsic (interpersonal, environmental and organisational infrastructure). Principle, conclusions and implications for practice: Although midwives have strong beliefs about the value of domestic violence screening, there is a negative perception about it's efficacy and an assumption of failure due to the barriers identified by the registered midwives.

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ID Code: 1160
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Domestic Violence, Screening, Barriers, Midwifery practice, Focus groups
ISSN: 1038-023X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:10

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