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Journal Article

A qualitative evaluation of healthcare professionals' perceptions of adverse events focusing on communication and teamwork in maternity care.

Rönnerhag M, Severinsson E, Haruna M, et al. Journal of advanced nursing. 2019;75:585-593.

Inadequate communication in obstetrics can compromise safety. In this qualitative study, researchers conducted focus groups of multidisciplinary teams including obstetricians, midwives, and nurses working in a single maternity ward to examine their perceptions of adverse events during childbirth. Analysis of data collected suggests that support for high-quality interprofessional teamwork is important for safe maternity care.