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Reports of work-related traumatic events : a mixed-methods study
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Introduction: There is limited evidence of the effect and impact on midwives of being involved or witnessing traumatic work-related events. We categorised midwives selfreported traumatic work-related events and responses to an event and explored the impact on the midwives professional and personal life. Methods: A sequential explanatory mixed-methods study, consisting of a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews for midwives who practised or who had practised in the Netherlands or Flanders. Results: In total, 106 questionnaires were completed. We categorised various workrelated traumatic events: witnessing birth trauma/complications (34%), death (28.3%), (mis)management of care (19.8%), events related to the perceived social norm of maternity services practitioners (9.5%), events related to environmental and contextual issues (5.6%) and to (mis)communication (2.8%). Sharing the experience with colleagues, family and friends, a supervisor or the woman involved in the event, was the most common response. In all, 74.5% of the participants still experienced the influence of work-related events in day-to-day practice and 37.5% still experienced the effects in their personal life. The scores of three participants (3.2%) indicated the likelihood of post-traumatic stress. Twenty-four interviews were conducted. Four themes emerged from the content analysis: 1) Timeline, 2) Drawing up the balance of relations with others, 3) Fretting and worrying, and 4) Lessons learned. Conclusions: Various work-related traumatic events can impact on midwives professional and/or personal life. Although not all midwives reported experiencing (lasting) effects of the events, the impact was sometimes far-reaching. Therefore, midwives experiences and impact of work-related traumatic events cannot be ignored in midwifery practice, education and in supervision or mentoring.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European Journal of Midwifery / Hellenic Midwives Association
Publication
European Publishing , 2018
ISSN
2585-2906
Volume/pages
2 :18 (2018) , 9 p.
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 15.07.2021
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