The case for developing an online intervention to support midwives in work-related psychological distress

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Abstract

Background: Midwives experience episodes of work-related psychological distress owing to the emotionally difficult and traumatic work environments they endure. There is a need to develop interventions to effectively support midwives, as the wellbeing of midwives can be directly correlated with the quality and safety of maternity care. Aims: This project aims to make the case for the development of an online support intervention, designed to effectively support midwives in distress. Methods: Literature reviews were conducted, and midwives and other subject experts were recruited to participate in a Delphi study via a research blog. Findings: Following literature reviews and a structured consultation with 66 participants, it was found that the development of an online intervention designed to support midwives with work-related psychological distress should prioritise confidentiality and anonymity, along with 24-hour mobile access and a range of other components. Conclusions: This research makes the case for the development of an online intervention designed to support midwives in work-related psychological distress. The author invites all midwives to support and follow ongoing research in this area via The Academic Midwife page on Facebook.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)799-805
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Volume24
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Work-related psychological distress
  • Support
  • Interventions
  • Online
  • Midwives

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