Introducing educational theory: vaginal examination

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Killingley, J. 2015. Introducing educational theory: vaginal examination. The Practicing Midwife. 18 (8), pp. 27-29.
TypeArticle
TitleIntroducing educational theory: vaginal examination
AuthorsKillingley, J.
Abstract

A vaginal examination (VE) is one of many core skills used in midwifery practice. Despite the controversy of whether it is necessary in all situations, in this article I take the standpoint that it is useful in providing a full clinical picture, especially at times when closer monitoring is recommended. Additionally, if the core skill is misinterpreted, the findings of the VE can distort the true clinical picture. To support the student, subjective assessment and individual learning pathways must be addressed to
avoid unnecessary intervention and psychological impairment to the woman. This article explores some of the difficulties encountered with teaching and learning VE in clinical practice and offers concepts from educational theory to assist in clarifying the difficulties and offering new ways of thinking for both students and midwives.

KeywordsVaginal examination, student midwife, assessment, education tool
PublisherMedical Education Solutions Limited
JournalThe Practicing Midwife
ISSN1461-3123
Publication dates
Print01 Sep 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited18 Sep 2015
Accepted11 Feb 2015
Output statusPublished
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Web address (URL)http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/mesl/tpm/2015/00000018/00000008/art00010
LanguageEnglish
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