Midwives' and senior student midwives' knowledge of haemoglobinopathies in England.
Objective: To examine midwives' and senior student midwives' knowledge concerning sickle cell anaemia and beta-thalassaemia. Design: Survey using the Dyson Questionnaires. Setting: Study days on 26 sites across England over 3 months. Participants: 850 questionnaires were completed by a convenience sample of midwives and senior students: 401 on sickle cell anaemia and 449 on beta-thalassaemia. In each case just under 2/3 were qualified midwives. Measurements and findings: Most respondents underestimated the number of ethnic groups affected by these disorders. A majority gave the wrong answers to basic questions on the inheritance of these disorders, less than 1/3 answered two simple genetics questions correctly. Key conclusions: In order to provide an equitable service midwives need more education in this area particularly after registration. Implications for education practice: Education on haemoglobinopathies was linked with improved knowledge levels and appears most effective when undertaken by haemoglobinopathies counsellors. Such education should therefore be available especially to qualified midwives who have lacked it previously.
Citation : Dyson, S., Fielder, A. and Kirkham, M. (1996) Midwives' and senior student midwives' knowledge of haemoglobinopathies in England. Midwifery, 12 (1), pp. 23-30.
ISSN : 0266-6138
Research Group : Unit for the Social Study of Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell
Research Institute : Institute for Allied Health Sciences Research