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Midwives’ Attitudes to the Use of the Cardiotocograph Machine

Sinclair, Marlene (2001) Midwives’ Attitudes to the Use of the Cardiotocograph Machine. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 35 (4). pp. 559-604. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2001.01876.x/abstract

DOI: DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2001.01876.x


Background. The literature would suggest that midwives’ attitudes towards the use of birth technology are mainly focused around issues of ‘trust and dependence’ yet there has been no published research to refute or substantiate these beliefs.Aim. This paper reports on an empirical study that aimed to identify midwives’ attitudes to technology usage in the labour ward and specifically the use of the cardiotocograph machine (CTG) for electronic foetal monitoring.Design. A postal survey was conducted and the questionnaire included a 25-item attitude scale, which was designed to assess attitudes towards the use of the CTG machine. All midwives (1086) on the United Kingdom Central Council register for Northern Ireland were surveyed. The data were factor analysed and compared using several categorical groupings including age, perceived skill, prior training with computers and trust in the machines.Results. The results indicate that midwives reject any notion of them being, or becoming, dependent on machines in their practice. However, midwives who trust machines are more disposed to their use and trust is affected by perceived competence.Conclusion. The paper concludes with a recommendation for the future education of midwives to develop and maintain competence based craft skills in natural birth as well as high-tech birth.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:midwives’ attitudes;electronic foetal monitoring;factor analysis
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
ID Code:17315
Deposited By: Professor Marlene Sinclair
Deposited On:23 Feb 2011 12:35
Last Modified:09 May 2016 11:06

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