Experience of miscarriage: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

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dc.contributor.author Meaney, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Corcoran, Paul
dc.contributor.author Spillane, Niamh
dc.contributor.author O'Donoghue, Keelin
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-02T11:38:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-02T11:38:04Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03-01
dc.identifier.citation Meaney, S., Corcoran, P., Spillane, N. and O’Donoghue, K. (2017) ‘Experience of miscarriage: an interpretative phenomenological analysis’, BMJ Open, 7, e011382 (7pp). doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011382 en
dc.identifier.volume 7 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 7 en
dc.identifier.issn 2044-6055
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3905
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011382
dc.description.abstract Objective: The objective of the study was to explore the experiences of those who have experienced miscarriage, focusing on men's and women's accounts of miscarriage. Design: This was a qualitative study using a phenomenological framework. Following in-depth semistructured interviews, analysis was undertaken in order to identify superordinate themes relating to their experience of miscarriage. Setting: A large tertiary-level maternity hospital in Ireland. Participants: A purposive sample of 16 participants, comprising 10 women and 6 men, was recruited. Results: 6 superordinate themes in relation to the participant's experience of miscarriage were identified: (1) acknowledgement of miscarriage as a valid loss; (2) misperceptions of miscarriage; (3) the hospital environment, management of miscarriage; (4) support and coping; (5) reproductive history; and (6) implications for future pregnancies. Conclusions: One of the key findings illustrates a need for increased awareness in relation to miscarriage. The study also indicates that the experience of miscarriage has a considerable impact on men and women. This study highlights that a thorough investigation of the underlying causes of miscarriage and continuity of care in subsequent pregnancies are priorities for those who experience miscarriage. Consideration should be given to the manner in which women who have not experienced recurrent miscarriage but have other potential risk factors for miscarriage could be followed up in clinical practice. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group Ltd en
dc.rights © 2017, the Authors. This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ en
dc.subject Risk en
dc.subject Care en
dc.subject Subsequent pregnancy en
dc.subject Awareness en
dc.title Experience of miscarriage: an interpretative phenomenological analysis en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Sarah Meaney, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: s.meaney@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2017-05-02T11:29:47Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle BMJ Open en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress s.meaney@ucc.ie en
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© 2017, the Authors. This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as © 2017, the Authors. This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial.
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