Filomena Meffe

St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Publications (2)1.48 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: An interprofessional team of maternity care providers and academics developed a pilot interprofessional education (IPE) program in maternity care for undergraduate students in nursing, midwifery and medicine. There are few published studies examining IPE programs in maternity care, particularly at the undergraduate level, that examine long-term outcomes. This paper outlines findings from a case study that explored how participation in an IPE program in maternity care may enhance student knowledge, skills/attitudes, and may promote their collaborative behavior in the practice setting. The program was launched at a Canadian urban teaching hospital and consisted of six workshops and two clinical shadowing experiences. Twenty-five semi-structured, in-depth interviews were completed with nine participants at various time points up to 20 months post-program. Qualitative analysis of transcripts revealed the emergence of four themes: relationship-building, confident communication, willingness to collaborate and woman/family-centered care. Participant statements about their intentions to continue practicing interprofessional collaboration more than a year post-program lend support to its sustained effectiveness. The provision of a safe learning environment, the use of small group learning techniques with mixed teaching strategies, augmented by exposure to an interprofessional faculty, contributed to the program's perceived success.
    Journal of Interprofessional Care 01/2012; 26(3):183-8. · 1.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Numerous non-Canadian studies have shown that immigrant women experience higher rates of adverse maternal and perinatal events than the general non-immigrant population. Limited information about the pregnancy outcomes of immigrant Canadian women is available. We conducted a retrospective cohort study at St. Michael's Hospital between October 2002 and June 2006 to estimate the risk of adverse obstetrical and perinatal outcomes among foreign-born women residing in Toronto. The main study outcomes were the incidences of preterm delivery between 32 and 36 completed weeks' gestation, low infant birth weight, and delivery by Caesarean section. Compared with Canadian-born women, those who were foreign-born had an associated adjusted odds ratio of 0.85 (95% CI 0.64 to 1.14) for preterm delivery, 1.92 (95% CI 1.29 to 2.85) for low infant birth weight, and 1.16 (95% CI 1.01 to 1.34) for delivery by Caesarean section. In this study, foreign-born women had a non-significantly lower risk of preterm birth, but a significantly higher risk of low birth weight infants and Caesarean section than Canadian-born women. In this urban setting, recent immigrant women have worse pregnancy outcomes, warranting increased attention to this group during antenatal and intrapartum care.
    Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada: JOGC = Journal d'obstetrique et gynecologie du Canada: JOGC 03/2011; 33(3):207-15.