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Using the repertory grid technique to explore the experience of compassion by mothers in a mother and baby unit

Wittkowski, Anja, Hare, Dougal J. and Gillham, Rebecca 2019. Using the repertory grid technique to explore the experience of compassion by mothers in a mother and baby unit. Midwifery 75 , pp. 24-32. 10.1016/j.midw.2019.04.003

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Abstract

Despite differences between Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) and other inpatient psychiatric settings, research has not yet explored the nature and value of compassionate care offered by MBU staff despite the increasing importance of compassion in healthcare. This novel study investigated the experience of compassionate care by fifteen mothers admitted to a MBU in England using the Repertory Grid Technique. Our findings indicated that these women perceived their MBU care as compassionate. Compassion was central to nursing care and clearly implicated in women's recovery from mental illness. Additionally, other staff characteristics were important to mothers, including how effectively MBU staff coped with stressful situations, staff flexibility in their care approach and how they adhered to professional boundaries. It is important to facilitate the expression of compassion which partially depends on the personalities and training of staff and the cooperation of service managers in fostering compassionate care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0266-6138
Date of Acceptance: 7 April 2019
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 09:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/122253

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