Guidelines on anaemia: effect on primary-care midwives in The Netherlands.
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SourceMidwifery, 21, 3, (2005), pp. 204-11
Article / Letter to editor
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Centre for Quality of Care Research
SubjectEBP 4: Quality of Care; NCEBP 3: Implementation Science; NCEBP 9: Mental health
OBJECTIVE: To assess the adherence and perceived barriers for implementation of a clinical-practice guideline on anaemia, which was the first national guideline for primary-care midwifery in The Netherlands. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey study. SETTING: Primary-care midwifery in The Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS: 160 midwives (60% response rate). MEASUREMENTS: Questionnaire on the knowledge of, and attitudes and self-reported adherence to, 14 key recommendations in the guideline; attitudes to guidelines in general; and perceived barriers to implementation. FINDINGS: The number of midwives agreeing with and adhering to specific recommendations varied between 29 and 90%. Most midwives had a positive attitude to the guidelines. The most relevant general barriers were related to the behaviour of general practitioners and obstetricians (32% of the midwives reported this). Larger numbers of midwives mentioned barriers to specific aspects of the guideline, particularly alternative iron supplementation or dietary supplements (59%), and not prescribing iron supplementation if haemoglobin was low but mean corpuscular volume was normal (49%). KEY CONCLUSIONS: The guideline on anaemia was well received by primary-care midwives in The Netherlands, but implementation of specific recommendations needs further attention. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: The study provides evidence for the national organisation of midwives to continue with the development and implementation of clinical guidelines.
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