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Exploring changes in health visitors' knowledge, confidence and decision-making for women with perinatal mental health difficulties following a brief training package

Jones, Catriona; Jomeen, Julie; Glover, Lesley; Gardiner, Eric; Garg, Deepak; Marshall, Clare

Authors

Deepak Garg

Clare Marshall



Abstract

Rationale and objective: Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) is an issue that spans the spectrum of pregnancy and childbirth and is now acknowledged to be significant on a global level. Health visitors (HVs) are increasingly expected to extend their knowledge and to understand and identify PMH in the antenatal period and across the spectrum from mild/moderate to severe. While training has been shown to enable HVs to identify post-natal depression (PND) effectively and reduce the proportion of women at risk, the mechanisms underpinning this success are unclear. This paper reports on the findings of a mixed methods study aimed at examining the impact of a single half day training session on perinatal mental health problems (PMHP) on HVs knowledge, confidence and empowerment in relation to managing PMH. Methods: Findings from data gathered by Likert Scales and focus group discussions are presented. Results: Training can empower HVs to identify PMHP beyond PND and plays a vital role in promoting confidence. Conclusions: This research highlights the potential that training of this type has on service provision and delivery. In a resource-limited service, the feasibility of a brief training package has demonstrated positive results for health visitors, childbearing women and their families.

Citation

Jones, C., Jomeen, J., Glover, L., Gardiner, E., Garg, D., & Marshall, C. (in press). Exploring changes in health visitors' knowledge, confidence and decision-making for women with perinatal mental health difficulties following a brief training package. European journal for person centered healthcare, 3(3), 384-391. https://doi.org/10.5750/ejpch.v3i3.1012

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 3, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 25, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal European journal for person centered healthcare
Print ISSN 2052-5656
Electronic ISSN 2052-5648
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 3
Pages 384-391
DOI https://doi.org/10.5750/ejpch.v3i3.1012
Keywords Childbirth; Decision-making; Health visitors; Perinatal mental health; Person-centred healthcare; Person-centred mental health; Post-natal depression; Training packages
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/379306
Publisher URL http://ubplj.org/index.php/ejpch/article/view/1012
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article published in: European journal for person centered healthcare, 2015, v.3, issue 3

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