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Labouring together: collaborative alliances in maternity care in Victoria, Australia-protocol of a mixed-methods study

Watkins, Vanessa, Nagle, Cate, Kent, Bridie and Hutchinson, Alison M. 2017, Labouring together: collaborative alliances in maternity care in Victoria, Australia-protocol of a mixed-methods study, BMJ open, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014262.

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Title Labouring together: collaborative alliances in maternity care in Victoria, Australia-protocol of a mixed-methods study
Author(s) Watkins, Vanessa
Nagle, CateORCID iD for Nagle, Cate orcid.org/0000-0002-5661-6379
Kent, Bridie
Hutchinson, Alison M.ORCID iD for Hutchinson, Alison M. orcid.org/0000-0001-5065-2726
Journal name BMJ open
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Article ID e014262
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) obstetrics
Summary INTRODUCTION: For over a decade, enquiries into adverse perinatal outcomes have led to reports that poor collaboration has been detrimental to the safety and experience of maternity care. Despite efforts to improve collaboration, investigations into maternity care at Morecambe Bay (UK) and Djerriwarrh Health Services (Australia) have revealed that poor collaboration and decision-making remain a threat to perinatal safety. The Labouring Together study will investigate how elements hypothesised to influence the effectiveness of collaboration are reflected in perceptions and experiences of clinicians and childbearing women in Victoria, Australia. The study will explore conditions that assist clinicians and women to work collaboratively to support positive maternity outcomes. Results of the study will provide a platform for consumers, clinician groups, organisations and policymakers to work together to improve the quality, safety and experience of maternity care. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: 4 case study sites have been selected to represent a range of models of maternity care in metropolitan and regional Victoria, Australia. A mixed-methods approach including cross-sectional surveys and interviews will be used in each case study site, involving both clinicians and consumers. Quantitative data analysis will include descriptive statistics, 2-way multivariate analysis of variance for the dependent and independent variables, and χ(2) analysis to identify the degree of congruence between consumer preferences and experiences. Interview data will be analysed for emerging themes and concepts. Data will then be analysed for convergent lines of enquiry supported by triangulation of data to draw conclusions. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: Organisational ethics approval has been received from the case study sites and Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee (2014-238). Dissemination of the results of the Labouring Together study will be via peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, and in written reports for each case study site to support organisational change.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014262
Field of Research 111006 Midwifery
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
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