A systematic review of research on psychiatric mother-baby units

dc.contributor.authorConnellan, Kathleen
dc.contributor.authorBartholomaeus, Clare
dc.contributor.authorDue, Clemence
dc.contributor.authorRiggs, Damien Wayne
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-21T00:30:26Z
dc.date.available2018-09-21T00:30:26Z
dc.date.issued2017-03-22
dc.description© 2017 Springer. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.description.abstractPsychiatric mother-baby units (MBUs) are currently viewed as best practice, particularly in the UK, Australia and France, for improving outcomes for mothers and babies when the former are experiencing severe forms of mental illness. A growing number of publications have examined MBUs, but to date, there has not been a comprehensive review of these studies. As such, the systematic review reported in this paper sought to address this gap. A systematic search was conducted for peer-reviewed research and grey literature published in English between 2000 and 2015. A final sample of 44 publications were identified that reported on empirical findings with regard to MBUs. Three quarters of the studies focused on individual MBUs and most studies were quantitative. A thematic analysis of the studies identified three major themes: (1) admissions data, (2) outcomes for mothers, and (3) programmes and interventions. The analysis also identified four secondary themes: (i) follow-up after discharge, (ii) separation of mothers and babies after discharge, (iii) client satisfaction with MBUs, and (iv) partners of women admitted to MBUs. The findings of the review highlight gaps in knowledge about MBUs and provide suggestions for future research.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis study was funded by an internal research development grant from the Department of Education Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia.en_US
dc.identifier.citationConnellan, K., Bartholomaeus, C., Due, C. & Riggs, D.W., (2017). A systematic review of research on psychiatric mother-baby units. Arch Womens Ment Health, 20(3):373–388.en_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s00737-017-0718-9en_US
dc.identifier.issn1435-1102
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2328/38313
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.oaire.license.condition.licenseCC-BY-NC-ND
dc.publisherSpringeren_US
dc.rights© Springer-Verlag Wien 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.rights.holder© Springer-Verlag Wien 2017en_US
dc.subjectmother-baby uniten_US
dc.subjectmother-infant uiten_US
dc.subjectmental healthen_US
dc.subjectpsychiatric uniten_US
dc.subjectsystematic reviewen_US
dc.subjectpost-partum psychosisen_US
dc.titleA systematic review of research on psychiatric mother-baby unitsen_US
dc.typeArticleen
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookupBartholomaeus, Clare: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9843-8390en_US
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookupRiggs, Damien Wayne: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0961-9099en_US
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