The Continuity of Care Experience in Australian midwifery education - What have we achieved?

Olivia Tierney, Linda Sweet, Donald Houston, Lyn Ebert

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Abstract

Problem/background The Continuity of Care Experience is a mandated workplace based component of midwifery education in Australia. Since its inclusion in midwifery clinical education, the pedagogical approaches used across Australia have varied. Aim The purpose of this integrative review is to determine the outcomes of the Continuity of Care Experience as an educational model. Methods A search for relevant research literature was undertaken in 2015 using a range of databases and by examining relevant bibliographies. Articles published in English, which provided information about the outcomes of Continuity of Care Experiences for midwifery education were included. A total of 20 studies were selected. Findings The included studies were primarily exploratory and descriptive. Studies reported the value that both students and women place on the relationship they developed. This relationship resulted in opportunities that enhanced student learning by providing a context in which clinical practice learning was optimized. Challenges identified included managing time and workload pressures for students in relation to the CCE, inconsistencies in academic use of the experience, and variations in how the healthcare system influences the continuity experience. Conclusion No research was found that reports on the educational model in terms of defining learning objectives and assessment of outcomes. This represents an important omission in mandating this clinical practice model in midwifery curricula without sufficient guidance to unify and maximize learning for students. Research is required to explore the educational intent and assessment methods of the Continuity of Care Experience as an educational model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-205
Number of pages6
JournalWomen and Birth
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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