Assessment and care for non-medical risk factors in current antenatal health care

Amber Vos, A (Annemiek) Leeman, Adja Waelput, Gouke Bonsel, EAP Steegers, Semiha Denktas

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Objective: this study aims to identify current practice in risk assessment, current antenatal policy and referral possibilities for non-medical risk factors (lifestyle and social risk factors), and to explore the satisfaction among obstetric caregivers in their collaboration with non-obstetrical caregivers. Design: cross-sectional study Setting: Dutch antenatal care system Participants: community midwives from 139 midwifery practices and gynaecologists, hospital-based midwives, and trainees in obstetrics from 38 hospitals. Measurements and findings: results were analysed with chi(2) tests and unpaired t-tests. Caregivers universally screened upon lifestyle risk factors (e.g. smoking or drug use), whereas the screening for social risk factors (e.g. social support) was highly variable. As national guidelines are absent, local protocols were reported to be used for screening on non medical risk factors in more than 40%. Caregivers stated multidisciplinary protocols to be a prerequisite for assessment of non medical risk factors. Only 22% of the caregivers used predefined criteria to define when patients should be discussed multidisciplinary. Conclusion: despite their relevance, non medical risk factors remain an underexposed topic in antenatal risk factor screening in both the community and hospital based care setting. Implications for practice Structural antenatal risk assessment for non medical risk factors with subsequent consultation opportunities is advocated, preferably based on a multidisciplinary guideline. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)979-985
Number of pages7
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • EMC MGC-02-52-01-A
  • EMC NIHES-02-65-01

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