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Women's Perceptions of Quality and Benefits of Postpartum Care

Hunter, Maryland A. MSN, RNC, WHNP; Larrabee, June H. PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Care Quality: December 1998 - Volume 13 - Issue 2 - p 21-30
The Clinical Impact Of Cost Reduction

Increased competition in the United States has led to increased interest in women's perceptions of their obstetric experience. Family-centered postpartum care (FCPPC) was originated to improve women's perceptions of care quality. This study examined differences in and the hypothesized relationship between quality and beneficence in a group receiving traditional postpartum care (TPPC) and a group receiving FCPPC in a safety-net hospital in West Tennessee. Both groups had high mean quality and beneficence scores; however, the FCPPC group's scores were significantly higher than those of the TPPC group. There was a relationship between quality and beneficence for the combined sample. The findings suggest that nurses should incorporate FCPPC approaches as a means of improving perceived quality and benefits.

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner; River City Medical Group; Memphis, Tennessee (Hunter)

Associate Professor; School of Nursing; Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University and Clinical Investigator; West Virginia University Hospitals; Morgantown, West Virginia (Larrabee)

The authors thank David L. Armbruster, PhD, Associate Professor, Scientific Publications, The University of Tennessee, Memphis, for editorial assistance. This study was partially funded by the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and by the College of Nursing, The University of Tennessee, Memphis.

Copyright © 1998 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.