Maternal cytomegalovirus infection prevention: the role of Dutch primary care midwives

Monique T R Pereboom, Judith Mannien, Evelien Renate Spelten, Eileen K Hutton, Francois Schellevis

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Abstract

Objective
to assess the knowledge of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection among Dutch primary care midwives, and clinical approaches to informing women about CMV.

Design
cross-sectional study, using self-administered questionnaires.

Participants
330 Dutch primary care midwives.

Setting
primary midwifery care practices across the Netherlands.

Main outcome
Midwives׳ knowledge of CMV transmission routes and maternal symptoms, and clinical practice behaviours regarding CMV, the information typically provided or reasons for not informing pregnant women about CMV.

Findings
the overall median knowledge score was 8.0 out of a maximum possible score of 13.0. Of all participants, 10.6% reported always informing pregnant women about CMV infection prevention and 41.0% reported never informing pregnant women. The main reason indicated for not informing pregnant women was lack of knowledge about preventive methods (45.7%).

Conclusion
Dutch primary care midwives have limited knowledge of CMV infection. Improvement in providing education to pregnant women about strategies to prevent CMV is necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1196-1201
Number of pages6
JournalMidwifery
Volume30
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

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