ERIC Number: ED464241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Addressing Inequalities in Health: New Directions in Midwifery Education and Practice. Researching Professional Education Research Reports Series.
Hart, Angie; Lockey, Rachael; Henwood, Flis; Pankhurst, Francesca; Hall, Valerie; Sommerville, Fiona
This report addresses key questions concerning the effectiveness of midwifery education in preparing midwives to meet the needs of women from minority or disadvantaged groups in England. Chapter 1 sets out the methodological context within which the work was undertaken and provides an overview of data sources and sample sizes. Chapters 3 and 4 review relevant literature relating to the project, with Chapter 3 focusing on the conceptualization of issues of inequality and disadvantage and Chapter 4 concentrating on how health care policy approaches inequalities issues, midwifery policy, and education of health professionals. Chapter 5 presents findings of a national survey of pre- and post-registration midwifery education curricula relating to inequalities and disadvantage. Chapters 6-8 explore findings from studies of midwifery education and practice in three very different parts of England. They illustrate the reality of providing midwifery care to service users from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds and reflect on how education prepares midwives to meet the needs of these different service users. Chapter 9 adopts a developmental focus, considering the findings in light of potential changes to education and practice. It outlines an "inequalities imagination," a concept developed during the study, and offers midwives a way of critically thinking about inequalities issues by drawing on debates around anti-discriminatory, anti-oppressive, and reflective practice. (Contains 233 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Cross Cultural Training, Curriculum Development, Developed Nations, Disadvantaged, Educational Change, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Health Occupations, Health Services, Medical Education, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Obstetrics, Policy Formation, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, Social Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, London.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)