Use of client held records in the maternity services

Hart, Angie, Henwood, F. and Shiers, C. (2003) Use of client held records in the maternity services British Journal of Midwifery, 11 (11). pp. 668-674. ISSN 0969-4900

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Abstract

This article reports on one aspect of a national survey of heads of midwifery regarding their views on record keeping practices in the maternity services. The use of the client held record in particular is the focus of this article. The article confirms that client held records are popular and widely used within the maternity services. It also explores the varying degrees to which clients are actively involved in the use and maintenance of their record. Findings from the survey demonstrate that client empowerment cannot simply be assumed by clients having physical access to their notes. More work needs to be done to enable clients to be properly empowered through the use of client held records. The article ends by exploring other reasons for the importance of their continued use, both within the maternity services and beyond

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:B000 Health Professions > B700 Nursing and Midwifery
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
ID Code:1218
Deposited By:editor snam
Deposited On:10 Apr 2007
Last Modified:10 May 2012 09:21

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