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Development of a context specific accreditation assessment tool for affirming quality midwifery education in Bangladesh
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6910-7047
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Number of Authors: 132018 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 61, p. 74-80Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: using the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Global Standards for Midwifery Education as a conceptual framework, the aim of this study was to explore and describe important 'must haves' for inclusion in a context-specific accreditation assessment tool in Bangladesh.

DESIGN: A questionnaire study was conducted using a Likert rating scale and 111 closed-response single items on adherence to accreditation-related statements, ending with an open-ended question. The ICM Global Standards guided data collection, deductive content analysis and description of the quantitative results.

SETTING: twenty-five public institutes/colleges (out of 38 in Bangladesh), covering seven out of eight geographical divisions in the country.

PARTICIPANTS: one hundred and twenty-three nursing educators teaching the 3-year diploma midwifery education programme.

FINDINGS: this study provides insight into the development of a context-specific accreditation assessment tool for Bangladesh. Important components to be included in this accreditation tool are presented under the following categories and domains: 'organization and administration', 'midwifery faculty', 'student body', 'curriculum content', 'resources, facilities and services' and 'assessment strategies'. The identified components were a prerequisite to ensure that midwifery students achieve the intended learning outcomes of the midwifery curriculum, and hence contribute to a strong midwifery workforce. The components further ensure well-prepared teachers and a standardized curriculum supported at policy level to enable effective deployment of professional midwives in the existing health system.

KEY CONCLUSIONS: as part of developing an accreditation assessment tool, it is imperative to build ownership and capacity when translating the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education into the national context.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: this initiative can be used as lessons learned from Bangladesh to develop a context-specific accreditation assessment tool in line with national priorities, supporting the development of national policies.

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2018. Vol. 61, p. 74-80
Keywords [en]
Accreditation/standards, Bangladesh, Instrument development, Midwifery/education, Quality assessment, South Asia nurses and midwives’
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Health Sciences
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Health and Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-27423DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2018.02.021ISI: 000430726400014PubMedID: 29554606Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044165958OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-27423DiVA, id: diva2:1192223
Available from: 2018-03-22 Created: 2018-03-22 Last updated: 2018-05-15Bibliographically approved

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