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Newborn screening: a study of midwives' educational needs

Israel, Janet Alice, Parsons, Evelyn Patricia, Williams, Gail Ann ORCID: and Bradley, Don M. 2005. Newborn screening: a study of midwives' educational needs. British Journal of Midwifery 13 (8) , pp. 498-503.

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This study aimed to evaluate the educational needs of midwives about newborn screening and medical genetics and make recommendations about appropriate educational interventions. A questionnaire was completed by a group of midwives in Wales (n=607) detailing their educational needs. Three focus groups (n = 24), provided qualitative data on midwives educational needs and potential educational interventions. There was a strong indication that midwives needed more education both in terms of the diseases screened for in the newborn period and medical genetics. If midwives practice is to keep abreast of the changes in society and the advances in science, consideration must be given to more comprehensive post-registration education. A structured framework incorporating self and directed learning and the development of the newborn screening co-ordinators remit is one approach to ensuring midwives are ‘competent, capable and caring’. Such an approach would also help ensure that the recommendations of the Human Genetics Commission (March 2003) are upheld. New technologies need to be used in such a way that mothers and families receive good advice and guidance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
ISSN: 0969-4900
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 08:41

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