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With paperwork « A Midwife’s Muse

25 June, 2011 (15:31) | Casenotes, EPR, hand held records, Maternents, maternity care, Midwifery, Paper Records, Patient-Centered Care, workload | By: Helga Perry

With paperwork « A Midwife’s Muse.

The author of the above blog post voices the concerns of so many midwives that they are spending far too much time on “below the line” paperwork and data entry to the detriment of the personal care they are trying to provide for pregnant women.

I dread busy clinics, something has to suffer and what I end up minimising is the ‘chat time’. I have to fill in all the paperwork demanded for audit, stats designed by my manager, work timings by the PCT and that’s not even including the woman’s notes and inputting consultation info onto the G.P’s computer. Midwives have been warned that if we fail to submit the bureaucratic paper mountain, ‘stat’, then our pay will be delayed. To me, having the time to sit and talk to my women is often as important as completing their notes, issues we discuss then and any worries they might communicate when they are relaxed can be vital. Having to fill in forms as if they are going out of fashion (wish they would) and hustle women out of the consulting room leaves me feeling as if I am shortchanging the women and not fulfilling my role of being ‘with woman’.

But, as regulars on EEPDtalk are well aware, computers alone are not the solution. If only it were that simple…

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