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School of Clinical Care Sciences

RESEARCHER: Dr ten Ham, W

ABSTRACT: To enhance and support good clinical decision making in Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), the emphasis is on clinical training and educational strategies for the healthcare practitioner. However, besides the lack of resources to train healthcare practitioners, little evidence was found to address other aspects in this regard such as the knowledge, attitudes and practices of healthcare professionals towards best practices such as KMC, how information can be made accessible at the point of care and how accessibility of information will improve clinical decision making. An educational strategy for midwives regarding KMC could assist in this regard aiming to better clinical decision making.

The purpose of the study is to utilize an intervention study to develop and implement a validated educational strategy for midwives, enhancing their clinical decision making regarding KMC. This project falls under departmental research theme 2: Using technology to improve patient outcomes and education in various healthcare settings.