Miscarriage in Australia: the geographical inequity of healthcare services

Edwards, Susan, Birks, Melanie, Chapman, Ysanne, and Yates, Karen (2016) Miscarriage in Australia: the geographical inequity of healthcare services. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 19 (2). pp. 106-111.

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Complications in early pregnancy can lead to pregnancy loss (miscarriage) and ultimately the presentation of a woman to their local emergency department (ED). Miscarriage is a common occurrence, with one in six pregnancies resulting in pregnancy loss. Unfortunately medical and nursing care does not change the likelihood of a threatened miscarriage progressing to pregnancy loss; this is a highly emotional and stressful time for the woman and her family. Research has shown that women have often felt dissatisfied with the care provided in the emergency department and have reported lower levels of satisfaction (Geller et al., 20102, Indig et al., 20113). This paper explores the challenges in the provision of emergency department healthcare for women presenting to metropolitan EDs and compares these to those faced by women who present to non-metropolitan EDs with early pregnancy complications.

Item ID: 43884
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1574-6267
Keywords: abortion, spontaneous; emergency department; pregnancy; rural, regional and remote healthcare; vaginal bleeding
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 00:13
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4204 Midwifery > 420402 Models of care and place of birth @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 50%
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