Antenatal emotional wellbeing screening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services in Australia

Kaniz Gausia, Sandra Thompson, Tricia M Nagel, Alice R Rumbold, Christine Connors, Veronica Matthews, Jacqueline Boyle, Gill Schierhout, R S Bailie

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The aim of this study was to examine the extent to which antenatal emotional wellbeing (EW) assessments are undertaken in primary health care (PHC) centres and factors associated with completion of EW screening. Medical records of 797 pregnant women from 36 PHC centres in five states (NSW, QLD, SA, WA and NT) were audited. Overall, 85 of the women were Aboriginal. The proportion of women with documented screening for EW varied from 5 to 38 between states (mean 17 ). Aboriginal women were four times more likely (adjusted Odds Ratio (OR = 4.13, 95 CI = 2.46-6.92) to not be screened for antenatal EW than non-Aboriginal women. Aboriginality,
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73 - 82
Number of pages10
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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