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Development of a context specific accreditation assessment tool for affirming quality midwifery education in Bangladesh.

Journal article
Authors Malin Bogren
Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy
Kerstin Erlandsson
Halima Akhter
Dalia Akter
Momtaz Begum
Merry Chowdhury
Lucky Das
Rehana Akter
Sufia Begum
Renoara Akter
Syeada Yesmin
Yamin Ara Khatun
Published in Midwifery
Volume 61
Pages 74-80
ISSN 1532-3099
Publication year 2018
Published at
Pages 74-80
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.02.0...
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Keywords Accreditation, methods, Bangladesh, Curriculum, standards, Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate, standards, trends, Faculty, Nursing, psychology, Humans, Midwifery, education, standards, Program Evaluation, methods, Surveys and Questionnaires, Universities, standards, trends
Subject categories Health Sciences

Abstract

using the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Global Standards for Midwifery Education as a conceptual framework, the aim of this study was to explore and describe important 'must haves' for inclusion in a context-specific accreditation assessment tool in Bangladesh.A questionnaire study was conducted using a Likert rating scale and 111 closed-response single items on adherence to accreditation-related statements, ending with an open-ended question. The ICM Global Standards guided data collection, deductive content analysis and description of the quantitative results.twenty-five public institutes/colleges (out of 38 in Bangladesh), covering seven out of eight geographical divisions in the country.one hundred and twenty-three nursing educators teaching the 3-year diploma midwifery education programme.this study provides insight into the development of a context-specific accreditation assessment tool for Bangladesh. Important components to be included in this accreditation tool are presented under the following categories and domains: 'organization and administration', 'midwifery faculty', 'student body', 'curriculum content', 'resources, facilities and services' and 'assessment strategies'. The identified components were a prerequisite to ensure that midwifery students achieve the intended learning outcomes of the midwifery curriculum, and hence contribute to a strong midwifery workforce. The components further ensure well-prepared teachers and a standardized curriculum supported at policy level to enable effective deployment of professional midwives in the existing health system.as part of developing an accreditation assessment tool, it is imperative to build ownership and capacity when translating the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education into the national context.this initiative can be used as lessons learned from Bangladesh to develop a context-specific accreditation assessment tool in line with national priorities, supporting the development of national policies.

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