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Phenomenology as a political position within maternity care.
Nurs Philos 2019; :e12275NP

Abstract

In this article, the authors use the context of childbirth to consider the power that is endemic in certain forms of evidence within maternity care research. First, there is consideration of how the current evidence hierarchy and experimental-based studies are the gold standard to determine and direct women's maternity experiences, although this can be at the detriment of care and irrespective of women's needs. This is followed by a critique of how the predominant means to assess women's experiences via satisfaction surveys is of limited utility, offering impartial and restricted insights to assess the quality of care provision. A counter position of hermeneutic phenomenology as research method is then described. This approach offers an alternative perspective by penetrating the taken-for-granted ordinariness of an event (such as childbirth) to elicit rich emic meanings. Whilst all approaches to understanding maternity care have a place, depending on the question(s) being asked, the contribution of phenomenology is how it can uncover a depth of contextual understanding into what matters to women and to inform and transform care delivery.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Community Health and Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31436891

Citation

Thomson, Gill, and Susan Crowther. "Phenomenology as a Political Position Within Maternity Care." Nursing Philosophy : an International Journal for Healthcare Professionals, 2019, pp. e12275.
Thomson G, Crowther S. Phenomenology as a political position within maternity care. Nurs Philos. 2019.
Thomson, G., & Crowther, S. (2019). Phenomenology as a political position within maternity care. Nursing Philosophy : an International Journal for Healthcare Professionals, pp. e12275. doi:10.1111/nup.12275.
Thomson G, Crowther S. Phenomenology as a Political Position Within Maternity Care. Nurs Philos. 2019 Aug 22;e12275. PubMed PMID: 31436891.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Phenomenology as a political position within maternity care. AU - Thomson,Gill, AU - Crowther,Susan, Y1 - 2019/08/22/ PY - 2019/05/21/received PY - 2019/06/24/revised PY - 2019/06/24/accepted PY - 2019/8/23/entrez KW - evidence-based medicine KW - hermeneutic phenomenology KW - maternity care KW - satisfaction surveys SP - e12275 EP - e12275 JF - Nursing philosophy : an international journal for healthcare professionals JO - Nurs Philos N2 - In this article, the authors use the context of childbirth to consider the power that is endemic in certain forms of evidence within maternity care research. First, there is consideration of how the current evidence hierarchy and experimental-based studies are the gold standard to determine and direct women's maternity experiences, although this can be at the detriment of care and irrespective of women's needs. This is followed by a critique of how the predominant means to assess women's experiences via satisfaction surveys is of limited utility, offering impartial and restricted insights to assess the quality of care provision. A counter position of hermeneutic phenomenology as research method is then described. This approach offers an alternative perspective by penetrating the taken-for-granted ordinariness of an event (such as childbirth) to elicit rich emic meanings. Whilst all approaches to understanding maternity care have a place, depending on the question(s) being asked, the contribution of phenomenology is how it can uncover a depth of contextual understanding into what matters to women and to inform and transform care delivery. SN - 1466-769X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31436891/Phenomenology_as_a_political_position_within_maternity_care L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/nup.12275 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -