Improving the working lives of maternity healthcare workers to enable delivery of higher quality care for women: a feasibility study of a multiprofessional participatory intervention

Merriel, Abigail Caroline (2017). Improving the working lives of maternity healthcare workers to enable delivery of higher quality care for women: a feasibility study of a multiprofessional participatory intervention. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Abstract

Over 275,000 women died of pregnancy related causes in 2015. Most occur in resource-poor settings and are preventable. This study aimed to improve the working lives of maternity healthcare workers in Malawi to enable delivery of higher quality care, using Appreciative Inquiry (AI); a positive-focused, participatory action cycle.
Following a systematic review and narrative synthesis of AI, an ethnographic study and Interpretative Phenomenological perspective were utilised to understand working lives. Before the intervention was implemented, working lives were assessed through validated questionnaires for staff and patient satisfaction surveys.
AI has been used in healthcare, but little empirical evidence for its effectiveness exists. Staff wanted to do a good job, but were confined by a lack of resources, knowledge and support. The longitudinal survey of staff showed significant improvements in general wellbeing and home-work interface, and patient satisfaction improved. AI also improved staff relationships and made work easier and happier. Qualitative work suggested this was because staff were working better together, underpinned by everyone meeting together. From these findings a theory of change was developed.
AI showed great promise. However, further research, in the form of a large-scale trial, is needed to empirically demonstrate the effectiveness of AI in healthcare.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Supervisor(s):
Supervisor(s)EmailORCID
Coomarasamy, ArriUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Larkin 1971-, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
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College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
School or Department: Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Funders: Other
Other Funders: Ammalife, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Birmingham
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/7561

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