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dc.contributor.authorVaughan, Karolyn
dc.contributor.authorMcMurray, Anne
dc.contributor.authorSidebotham, Mary
dc.contributor.authorGamble, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-27T02:55:42Z
dc.date.available2018-06-27T02:55:42Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn2156-5287
dc.identifier.doi10.1891/2156-5287.7.4.227
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/377600
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Certification as a lactation consultant is based on practitioners having achieved a standard of knowledge indicative of their competence to practice by passing a psychometric examination. The underpinning principle of recertification programs is to support clinicians to become lifelong learners by progressively enhancing and advancing their knowledge and skills in line with contemporary evidence. The aim of this study was to investigate the factors that influence International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) to advance their practice. METHOD: A mixed-methods study was conducted in two phases. Phase 1 included focus groups, interviews, and participants' demographic data. Phase 2 comprised of an online questionnaire to IBCLCs. This approach was designed to provide a comprehensive qualitative understanding of the IBCLCs' experiences, which was then triangulated with quantitative data from a significantly larger population of IBCLCs in Phase 2. RESULTS: The findings are described in themes and subthemes. Participants in phase 2 (n = 3,946) reported being intrinsically motivated (93.3%, n = 3,631) and committed to providing evidence-based guidance and optimal care to support breastfeeding mothers. They identified various sources of continuing education, although attendance at conferences, peer support, and reflective sessions were the most common approaches to enhancing knowledge. They recognized that it was through extension of knowledge that they were able to advance their practice. CONCLUSION: This article identifies strategies that the managers, educators, and certification bodies can adopt to support the IBCLCs in continuing to advance their practice, which will ultimately improve breastfeeding outcomes for mothers.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom227
dc.relation.ispartofpageto238
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Journal of Childbirth
dc.relation.ispartofvolume7
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchReproductive medicine not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchOther health sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4205
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode321599
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4299
dc.titleFactors Influencing International Board Certified Lactation Consultants to Continue Advancing Practice Beyond Certification: A Multinational Study
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dc.description.versionVersion of Record (VoR)
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery
gro.rights.copyright© 2018 Springer Publishing Company. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
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gro.griffith.authorGamble, Jenny A.
gro.griffith.authorMcMurray, Anne M.
gro.griffith.authorSidebotham, Mary
gro.griffith.authorVaughan, Karolyn


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