'You're more likely to tell the GP if you're asked': women's views of care from general practitioners in the first postpartum year
Stefanie Hartley, Georgina Sutherland, Stephanie Brown, Jane Yelland
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2012
New mothers and their infants are high frequency users of primary health care services in Australia providing opportunities for GPs to engage with women about common postnatal morbidities. This study aimed to explore women's views of GP care in the first year following birth. We used semistructured interviews with a subsample of women who had participated in a population-based survey of women who gave birth in two Australian states (Victoria and South Australia) in 2007. Twenty-nine women were interviewed. Prominent themes that emerged were around issues of disclosure, including women's views on ways practitioner interactions and systems of care facilitate or hinder disclosure and subsequent..View full abstract
The authors thank the women who participated in telephone interviews, especially at such a busy time with small children. We acknowledge the funding provided by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute for this study and support from the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.