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BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013;13 Suppl 1:S6. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-S1-S6. Epub 2013 Jan 31.

A qualitative study of the experience of CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care for physicians.

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Public Health Innovation and Decision Support, Population and Public Health, Alberta Health Services, 10101 Southport Rd SW, Calgary, Alberta T2W 3N2, Canada. debbie.mcneil@albertahealthservices.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study sought to understand the central meaning of the experience of group prenatal care for physicians who were involved in providing CenteringPregnancy through a maternity clinic in Calgary, Canada.

METHOD:

The study followed the phenomenological qualitative tradition. Three physicians involved in group prenatal care participated in a one-on-one interview between November and December 2009. Two physicians participated in verification sessions. Interviews followed an open ended general guide and were audio recorded and transcribed. The purpose of the analysis was to identify meaning themes and the core meaning experienced by the physicians.

RESULTS:

Six themes emerged: (1) having a greater exchange of information, (2) getting to knowing, (3) seeing women get to know and support each other, (4) sharing ownership of care, (5) having more time, and (6) experiencing enjoyment and satisfaction in providing care. These themes contributed to the core meaning for physicians of "providing richer care."

CONCLUSIONS:

Physicians perceived providing better care and a better professional experience through CenteringPregnancy compared to their experience of individual prenatal care. Thus, CenteringPregnancy could improve work place satisfaction, increase retention of providers in maternity care, and improve health care for women.

PMID:
23445867
PMCID:
PMC3561144
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2393-13-S1-S6
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