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Measuring women's experiences of maternity care: A systematic review of self-report survey instruments.

Authors
  • Beecher, Claire1
  • Greene, Richard2
  • O'Dwyer, Laura3
  • Ryan, Ethel4
  • White, Mark5
  • Beattie, Michelle6
  • Devane, Declan7
  • 1 School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Ireland)
  • 2 National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork, Ireland. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Ireland)
  • 3 Department of Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics & Assessment, Boston College, MA, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 4 Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Galway, Galway, Ireland. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Ireland)
  • 5 Programme for Health Service Improvement, Health Service Executive, Dublin, Ireland. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Ireland)
  • 6 Department of Nursing, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United Kingdom)
  • 7 School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; Health Research Board - Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN), Ireland. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Ireland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Publication Date
May 01, 2021
Volume
34
Issue
3
Pages
231–241
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2020.05.002
PMID: 32522442
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Recognition of the measurement of women's experiences of their maternity care as a critical component of care quality evaluation has led to a proliferation of instruments to measure this concept. However, the suboptimal methodological and psychometric quality of these instruments, or the lack of reporting of same, hinders the credibility and efficient use of the arising results, which often serve as an indicator for the direction of limited resources within maternity services. To review systematically and critically appraise self-report survey instruments measuring women's experiences of their maternity care. A systematic review was conducted using comprehensive searches of the CINAHL, OVID MEDLINE and EMBASE citation databases. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied, and a stepped approach employed to facilitate evaluation of the methodological and psychometric quality of included instruments. 4905 records were obtained from database searches. Additional records were obtained via reference checking and by expert suggestion. Following stepped screening, 40 papers related to 20 instruments are included in this review. Findings indicate that evidence of the methodological and psychometric quality have not been reported for many included instruments. Published evidence of the methodological and psychometric quality of self-report survey instruments to evaluate women's experiences of their maternity care is lacking. The conduct and reporting of future development processes of such instruments can be improved. Systematic review PROSPERO registration: CRD42018105325. Copyright © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

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