The service needs of mothers with schizophrenia: A qualitative study of perinatal psychiatric and antenatal workers
Wan M, Moulton S, Abel K.
- Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2738 | Service needs | Emergency Medicine | /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700 | Perinatal psychiatry and antenatal service workers | Mothers with schizophrenia | Medicine(all) | /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2711 | Psychiatry and Mental health
Objective: The study sought to (1) understand the perspectives of perinatal psychiatric and antenatal health service workers on the service and support needs of mothers with schizophrenia; (2) obtain their views on the feasibility and potential effectiveness of a proposed parenting intervention tailored for this group. Method: Twenty-eight perinatal psychiatry and antenatal service workers were interviewed using a semi-structured methodology, and anonymised verbatim transcripts analysed for content themes. Results: Many respondents felt that women with schizophrenia received insufficient postnatal support. Perceived needs were: support with adjustment/coping; parenting skills and sensitivity training; maintaining mental health; continuity of care and community support; and encouraging bonding. Service integration/continuity and social stigma were recurring themes that impacted on recommendations, such as the need for interdisciplinary communication and mental health education for midwives. The parenting program was generally well received, although many raised concerns regarding patient involvement and specific intervention characteristics. Conclusion: The views of health workers are a valuable complement to the service user perspective. They highlight the needs of this high-risk group in their transition to motherhood, and how they might be met, as well as a need for staff training so that parenting interventions are better understood as positive prevention work. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.