The impact of uncertainty on decision making in prenatal consultations: Obstetricians' and midwives' perspectives

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Abstract

This article examines decision making in prenatal consultations, how obstetricians (OBs) and midwives differ, and the role of uncertainty in these processes. Using participant-observation, comparative case-study methodology, pregnant women were observed and audio-recorded in their pre- and postnatal appointments, and in-depth, semistructured interviews were conducted with mothers and providers. Although decision-making processes appear similar between the OBs and midwives, closer analysis, employing problematic integration theory, reveals marked differences in providers' probabilistic and evaluative orientations that carry clear implications for both mothers and providers during pregnancy care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-211
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Communication
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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