Women’s perceptions of care when undergoing termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly

Fisher, Jane and Lafarge, Caroline (2015) Women’s perceptions of care when undergoing termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 33 (1). pp. 69-87. ISSN 0264-6838

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Abstract

Objective: This study investigated women’s experience of care when undergoing TOPFA with a view to assisting healthcare professionals in providing optimum care to women.
Background: Technological developments in antenatal screening and testing mean more women are given a prenatal diagnosis of fetal anomaly and confront the possibility of terminating the pregnancy. TOPFA is a psychologically significant life event, but there is limited evidence on how women perceive their termination care.
Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was used to elicit qualitative data as part of a study examining women’s experience of the TOPFA procedure, in particular, the choice of method. Women were asked to comment on what they had found helpful and unhelpful in their termination care. Participants were recruited from a national support organisation. 361 women offered qualitative comments, which were analysed using thematic analysis.
Results: Women’s experience of termination care varied. Five themes were identified as underpinning what women considered ‘good care’: being cared for in a timeframe and environment that feels right, receiving the right level of care, the role of healthcare professionals and support organisations, acknowledging women’s particular circumstances and enabling women to make choices. Regarding the last theme, women particularly valued being offered a choice of termination method.
Conclusions: The findings suggest that many women undergoing TOPFA perceived their care as lacking in some way. Recommendations on improving practice are made and areas of further research are suggested, which may deepen knowledge on how best to care for these women.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Caroline Lafarge
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2016 11:47
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2016 09:41
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1768

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