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Exploring Health Care Providers' Post-Hospital Release Practices for Women After Stillbirth

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Objective: To investigate current HCP stillbirth aftercare practices and use findings to inform suggestions for stillbirth aftercare guidelines. Study Design: Participants (n=18) were HCPs (MDs, DOs, or NPs) in the

Objective: To investigate current HCP stillbirth aftercare practices and use findings to inform suggestions for stillbirth aftercare guidelines. Study Design: Participants (n=18) were HCPs (MDs, DOs, or NPs) in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology or Maternal Fetal Medicine. Focus groups and surveys were conducted. A phenomenological approach was used to explore and understand current stillbirth aftercare practices and thoughts about protocols for stillbirth aftercare. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze demographics of participants and prevalence of references to stillbirth aftercare topics. Results: Sixteen obstetric HCPs (medical doctors and nurse practitioners in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and/or maternal and fetal medicine) participated in Focus Groups and two obstetric HCPs alternatively completed surveys. Current stillbirth aftercare practices and perceptions related to stillbirth aftercare protocols and guidelines were clustered around the following themes: recommendations made to mothers after stillbirth, subsequent pregnancy care, perceptions and use of protocols for stillbirth aftercare, and responsibilities of nurses and nurse practitioners after stillbirth. Conclusion: Findings were used to develop a list of stillbirth aftercare practice suggestions and may be used to help design future research related to HCPs' stillbirth aftercare practices and the need for training on existing guidelines and development of further protocols or guidelines.

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  • 2016-12