The clinical learning environment of a maternity ward: A qualitative study

Rahimi, M and Haghani, F and Kohan, S and Shirani, M (2019) The clinical learning environment of a maternity ward: A qualitative study. Women Birth.


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BACKGROUND: Clinical learning environments influence the learning and performance of learners by creating learning opportunities and experiences. The maternity ward offers a major educational opportunity for midwifery students, obstetrics and gynecology residents and medical interns to acquire and improve crucial skills. OBJECTIVES: This study seeks to determine the way in which the clinical learning environment of the maternity ward creates learning opportunities and enables the accumulation of experiences for the noted learners. METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted using inductive content analysis at the Maternity Ward of Shahid Beheshti Hospital, affiliated with University of Medical Sciences. Midwifery students, medical interns and obstetrics and gynecology residents spend a certain period of time in this ward as a mandatory part of their obstetrics and gynecology training. Data were collected through semi-structured individual interviews and observations and were then analyzed in MAXQDA concurrently with data collection. RESULTS: Three main categories emerged from the analysis of the data collected from the interviews and observations: disorganized learning opportunities, heavy emotional load and learners' abandonment in the care-provider and learner role. CONCLUSION: The maternity ward lacked the necessary organization to generate an environment conducive to learning and independent practice for the three groups of learners. The learners' training and acquired skills were thus affected by the clinical learning environment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Content analysis, Health professions, Learning environment, Maternity ward, Qualitative research
Subjects: W General medicine- Health professions
WP Gynecology
WQ Obstetrics
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Department of Clinical Sciences > Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 05:41
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 06:59

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