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Observing Communication in 'high risk' ante-natal consultations: developing a model of shared understanding (2016-2020 )



This study focuses on communication in obstetric care interactions where there is deemed to be a high risk to either mother, baby or both. Video-recordings of a sample of actual consultations are being analysed in close detail to describe the interactional processes unique to these ante-natal encounters. These empirical observations will be compared with the perceptions expressed by each participant in post-consultation interviews. The overall aim is to explore which factors make a ‘high risk’ consultation more or less satisfactory or challenging from the perspectives of the patients and clinicians.


University of Otago Research Fund


Hilder, J., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Abels, P., & Dowell, A. C. (2020). Communication in high risk ante-natal consultations: A direct observational study of interactions between patients and obstetricians. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 20, 493. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-03015-6

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