Slovenian midwives' and nurses' views on post-natal depression: An exploratory study

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Authors: Mivšek, A.P., Hundley, V. and Kiger, A.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00620.x

Journal: International Nursing Review

Volume: 55

Pages: 320-326

ISSN: 0020-8132

DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00620.x

Background:  Post-natal depression affects approximately 10–15% of women. The literature suggests that midwives and nurses are key professionals in dealing with post-natal mood disorders. However, this would be a new role in Slovenia for which it is not clear whether midwives and nurses are prepared.

Aim:  This study explored Slovenian midwives' and nurses' knowledge of, and attitudes towards, post-natal mood disorders.

Methods:  Two focus groups were conducted, each with five participants, working in the maternity hospital and in the community centre in Postojna.

Findings:  Data were grouped into three main themes – knowledge of post-natal mental health disorders, role in the management of these issues, and perceived problems and possible solutions in the health care of post-natally depressed women. Participants lacked knowledge on post-natal mental health and did not consider its management to be their role. They saw the main obstacle to caring for these women as being a lack of continuity of carer.

Conclusion:  Slovenian midwives and nurses should be appropriately educated regarding this subject in order to become more capable of managing post-natal mental health. Continuous relationships with women should be encouraged.

Limitations:  Further investigation is required and a questionnaire survey involving a larger sample of midwives and community nurses is planned on the basis of the findings of this study.

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Authors: Mivsek, A.P., Hundley, V. and Kiger, A.

Journal: Int Nurs Rev

Volume: 55

Issue: 3

Pages: 320-326

eISSN: 1466-7657

DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00620.x

BACKGROUND: Post-natal depression affects approximately 10-15% of women. The literature suggests that midwives and nurses are key professionals in dealing with post-natal mood disorders. However, this would be a new role in Slovenia for which it is not clear whether midwives and nurses are prepared. AIM: This study explored Slovenian midwives' and nurses' knowledge of, and attitudes towards, post-natal mood disorders. METHODS: Two focus groups were conducted, each with five participants, working in the maternity hospital and in the community centre in Postojna. FINDINGS: Data were grouped into three main themes--knowledge of post-natal mental health disorders, role in the management of these issues, and perceived problems and possible solutions in the health care of post-natally depressed women. Participants lacked knowledge on post-natal mental health and did not consider its management to be their role. They saw the main obstacle to caring for these women as being a lack of continuity of carer. CONCLUSION: Slovenian midwives and nurses should be appropriately educated regarding this subject in order to become more capable of managing post-natal mental health. Continuous relationships with women should be encouraged. LIMITATIONS: Further investigation is required and a questionnaire survey involving a larger sample of midwives and community nurses is planned on the basis of the findings of this study.

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Authors: Mivšek, A.P., Hundley, V. and Kiger, A.

Journal: International Nursing Review

Volume: 55

Issue: 3

Pages: 320-326

eISSN: 1466-7657

ISSN: 0020-8132

DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00620.x

Background: Post-natal depression affects approximately 10-15% of women. The literature suggests that midwives and nurses are key professionals in dealing with post-natal mood disorders. However, this would be a new role in Slovenia for which it is not clear whether midwives and nurses are prepared. Aim: This study explored Slovenian midwives' and nurses' knowledge of, and attitudes towards, post-natal mood disorders. Methods: Two focus groups were conducted, each with five participants, working in the maternity hospital and in the community centre in Postojna. Findings: Data were grouped into three main themes - knowledge of post-natal mental health disorders, role in the management of these issues, and perceived problems and possible solutions in the health care of post-natally depressed women. Participants lacked knowledge on post-natal mental health and did not consider its management to be their role. They saw the main obstacle to caring for these women as being a lack of continuity of carer. Conclusion: Slovenian midwives and nurses should be appropriately educated regarding this subject in order to become more capable of managing post-natal mental health. Continuous relationships with women should be encouraged. Limitations: Further investigation is required and a questionnaire survey involving a larger sample of midwives and community nurses is planned on the basis of the findings of this study. © 2008 The Authors.

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Authors: Mivsek, A.P., Hundley, V. and Kiger, A.

Journal: INTERNATIONAL NURSING REVIEW

Volume: 55

Issue: 3

Pages: 320-326

eISSN: 1466-7657

ISSN: 0020-8132

DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00620.x

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