Research projects completed in 2018

Evidence into Practice: Recognition and response to eating disorders in the perinatal period
The Health Foundation, Feb 2017 - Apr 2018

Image of icons resembling music, photography, video, and writing. Eating disorders can be difficult to identify during pregnancy without appropriate training, and research has found that patient and health care system barriers exist. This Evidence into Practice project will translate these findings into innovative multimedia educational and awareness-raising tools, targeted at midwives and health visitors working with women during pregnancy and the first year postnatal.

For more information, please contact Nicola Mackintosh.

Diversity, ethnicity and voice: enabling women to speak up about safety concerns in pregnancy and the postnatal period
Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, Sept 2017 - Feb 2018

While for the most part, pregnancy and birth is a normal physiological process, emergencies can develop rapidly and unexpectedly with the potential for serious outcomes for mother and/or baby. Policy guidance recommends empowering women to self-care, strengthening families’ capacity to contribute to women’s safety, and community level programmes to foster help seeking. However, little is known about the implications of patent safety partnerships for women and families of minority cultural and language backgrounds. Further research is needed to ensure that resources and safety programmes are cross-culturally relevant, and informed by the experiences of ethnic minority users of health services.

For more information, please contact Nicola Mackintosh.

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