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Contemp Nurse. 2013 Jul 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Piloting of an oral health education program and knowledge test for midwives.

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Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Nursing Research, University of Western Sydney South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD)/Ingham Institute Applied Medical Research. Email:


Research shows limited emphasis being placed on oral health by midwives in Australia and the need for further education in this area. The study aim was to pilot a midwifery oral health education program and knowledge test and identify any flaws in its content and design. Twenty two midwives from an antenatal ward in South-western Sydney completed the program and 12 feedback forms/knowledge tests were returned. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. Feedback data showed all midwives appreciated that the program was available online and self-paced. Most found the program extremely informative and following completion were more confident in promoting maternal oral health. The mean correct responses in the knowledge test was 79 % (SD=12.3) which suggests most items were suitable for assessing knowledge improvement. However, in 3 items midwives had low correct responses. Various aspects that could be improved or clarified were identified and suggestions discussed.

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