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Br J Nurs. 2000 Jan 13-26;9(1):22-6.

Evaluation of an Australian miscarriage support programme.

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Gynaecology Inpatient Services, Mater Mothers' Hospital, South Brisbane, Australia.


Miscarriage is a frequent and distressing event for women who often require admission to a gynaecology unit for the evacuation of the products of conception. Most women are admitted for day surgery or an overnight stay. The short time frame limits the time nursing staff have to provide support and information for women who have experienced loss through miscarriage. This article presents the qualitative evaluation of a telephone follow-up service provided as part of the Miscarriage Support Programme of Care conducted by staff of the gynaecology inpatient services in an Australian public hospital. The data from this evaluation indicate that miscarriage does have a varying degree of impact on a woman's inpatient experience and emotional recovery. The primary themes of emotional recovery, support after discharge, inpatient experience of care, and usefulness of the literature given to women before discharge, will guide the ongoing development of support and discharge planning by staff of gynaecology inpatient services for women who have experienced miscarriage.

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