Perinatal emotional well-being information and support needs among women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities: a qualitative study in Camden and Islington.
PHE ePoster Library. Lau R. Sep 12, 2017; 186577; 93
Rosa Lau
Rosa Lau
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Abstract IntroductionIn recent years, there has been increasing focus nationally to improve perinatal mental health services. During the perinatal period women are particularly vulnerable with 15-20% women affected by mental health problems. A needs assessment showed a knowledge gap around the experiences/challenges faced by BAME women in this period. MethodFive focus group (FG) discussions (N=49) were conducted with local BAME women, of which three were conducted with Bangladeshi, Somali, Turkish women and two with women from different BAME groups (e.g. Pakistani, African, Afghan). Purposive sampling was used. Those who were pregnant and/or had a baby within the past 5 years were invited to participate through community and voluntary organisations. The topics explored included: where BAME women/their partners go for perinatal information/advice/support related to their emotional wellbeing; perceived barriers to accessing services and type of support they want. FGs were audio-recorded, transcribed and analysed thematically(NVivo v10). ResultsThe findings are being collated; some preliminary themes have emerged around stigmatisation, confidentiality, access and awareness. Participants spoke about the fear of being judged or labelled by others in the community/family/health professionals. Some were unaware of different services available; others faced language and confidence related barriers to accessing these services. Different preferences for emotional support were expressed which indicated a multifaceted approach is required. ImpactFindings will have implications for (1)research, there is limited evidence base nationally and (2)service commissioning by informing the development of effective and culturally acceptable services to improve equity in healthcare to further support the needs of BAME groups.
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