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Healthcare professionals’ attitudes, knowledge and self-efficacy levels regarding the use of self-hypnosis in childbirth: A prospective questionnaire survey

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Sophie McAllister, Kirstie Coxon, T. Murrells, J. Sandall

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalMIDWIFERY
Volume47
Early online date2 Feb 2017
DOIs
Accepted/In press31 Jan 2017
E-pub ahead of print2 Feb 2017
Published1 Apr 2017

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Objective to examine healthcare professionals’ attitudes, knowledge and levels of self-efficacy regarding the use of self-hypnosis in childbirth. Design a prospective survey. Setting two large maternity units in London, England. Participants healthcare professionals (n=129) involved in the care of childbearing women (anaesthetists, midwives and obstetricians). Methods online questionnaire assessing healthcare professionals’ experience, knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy relating to self-hypnosis in childbirth. Main outcome measures attitude, self-efficacy and knowledge. Findings over half of the participants surveyed (56%) reported they had minimal or no knowledge of hypnosis. Higher levels of knowledge were associated with higher levels of self-efficacy (p

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