Using Bradshaw's taxonomy of needs: listening to women in planning pregnancy care

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Carver, Nicole, Ward, B and Talbot, L (2008) Using Bradshaw's taxonomy of needs: listening to women in planning pregnancy care. Contemporary Nurse, 30 (1). pp. 76-82. ISSN 1037-6178


The schedule of antenatal care is dominated by what ‘experts’ perceive to be appropriate and is dominated by a biomedical model of health care.When providing care, the needs of women must be heard and incorporated into service provision.The term ‘need’ is subjective and socially constructed and as a concept, it is widely loosely defined.This paper outlines how Bradshaw’s taxonomy of needs can be used by nurses and other professionals to identify women’s felt needs in pregnancy.This can lead to health care which is more likely to address the social determinants of health and improve health outcomes for pregnant women.

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Online ISSN: 1839-3535

Item type Article
DOI 10.5172/conu.673.30.1.76
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Historical > FOR Classification > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Keywords ResPubID22032. Bradshaw's taxonomy of needs, pregnancy care, needs in pregnancy, nursing, midwifery, pregnant women
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