Referral and attendance at a specialist antenatal clinic: a qualitative study of women’s views
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2007
2007 The Authors Journal compilation
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 114, Issue 3, page 375, March 2007
How to Cite
Khan, E. and Gbolade, B. (2007), Referral and attendance at a specialist antenatal clinic: a qualitative study of women’s views. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 114: 375. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2006.01221.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2007
- Accepted 7 November 2006.
The interesting study by Jackson et al.1 shows that how women perceive their referral to specialist services may profoundly affect how they subsequently avail themselves of these services, and it goes on to highlight the need for improvement of the interface between community and secondary antenatal services. While they provide some of the participants’ variables, they did not mention their level of educational attainment, which may have influenced their understanding both of the reasons for referral and the risks and benefits of the management options.2 Their continuing difficulties in understanding their referral and the nature of the clinic emphasise this point. Did the authors collect educational level, and if so, did it correlate with the participants’ level of understanding?