Working together : collaboration between midwives and doctors in public hospitals

Reiger, Kerreen M. and Lane, Karen L. 2009, Working together : collaboration between midwives and doctors in public hospitals, Australian health review, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 315-324.

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Title Working together : collaboration between midwives and doctors in public hospitals
Author(s) Reiger, Kerreen M.
Lane, Karen L.
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 33
Issue number 2
Start page 315
End page 324
Total pages 10
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N.S.W.
Publication date 2009-05
ISSN 0156-5788
1449-8944
Summary While collaborative, multidisciplinary teamwork is widely espoused as the goal of contemporary hospitals, it is hard to achieve. In maternity care especially, professional rivalries and deep-seated philosophical differences over childbirth generate significant tensions. This article draws on qualitative research in several Victorian public maternity units to consider the challenges to inter-professional collaboration. It reports what doctors and midwives looked for in colleagues they liked to work with — the attributes of a “good doctor” or a “good midwife”. Although their ideals did not entirely match, both groups respected skill and hard work and sought mutual trust, respect and accountability. Yet effective working together is limited both by tensions over role boundaries and power and by incivility that is intensified by increasing workloads and a fragmented labour force. The skills and qualities that form the basis of “professional courtesy” need to be recognised as Aust Health Rev 2009: 33(2): 315–324 essential to good collaborative practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024881

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