Women's reports of satisfaction and respect with continuity of care experiences by students: Findings from a routine, online survey

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Tickle, Nikki
Gamble, Jenny
Creedy, Debra K
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2020
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BACKGROUND: Pre-registration midwifery students in Australia undertake a minimum of ten continuity of care experiences with childbearing women. However, women are rarely asked to formally evaluate this care by students. AIM: To evaluate data from a routine, web-based survey of women about having a midwifery student provide a continuity of care experience. METHODS: All women (n=886) recruited by a midwifery student for a continuity of care experience during a 12 month period received an email inviting them to complete an online survey. The survey included personal details, experiences of care, and two scales on Respect and Satisfaction. RESULTS: A response rate of 57% (n=501) was achieved. On average students attended six antenatal visits (mean=5.83) and had six postnatal contacts with women. Most students attended labour and birth (92.8% n=464). Most women rated overall satisfaction with care by their student as 'better than they had hoped'. Positive correlations were found between number of antenatal visits and postnatal contact with students on both levels of satisfaction and respect felt by women. Women felt more satisfied when their midwifery student attended labour and birth. CONCLUSIONS: The online survey was feasible and provided valid and reliable feedback from women about their student during a continuity of care experience. Women valued having an ongoing relationship with a student during pregnancy, labour and birth, and postpartum. Pre-registration midwifery education programs should continue to privilege relationship-based care and national standards should support the effective integration of continuity of care experiences.

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Women and Birth
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Biomedical and clinical sciences
Midwifery
Reproductive medicine
Continuity of care
Evaluation
Health survey
Midwifery education research
Respect
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Tickle, N; Gamble, J; Creedy, DK, Women's reports of satisfaction and respect with continuity of care experiences by students: Findings from a routine, online survey., Women and Birth, 2020
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