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Assessment of the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in Greece
 
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Papageorgiou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
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First Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reproductive Endocrinology Unit, First Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical School , Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
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Biology Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Univertsity, College of Business Administration, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Midwifery, School of Health Sciences, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Evangelia Voziki   

Papageorgiou General Hospital, Efkarpia 564 03, Thessaloniki, Greece
Publication date: 2019-12-19
Submission date: 2019-08-12
Final revision date: 2019-11-10
Acceptance date: 2019-11-29
 
Eur J Midwifery 2019;3(December):23
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ABSTRACT
Introduction:
This report aims to outline the views of health professionals, working in maternity clinics, on the usefulness, benefits and difficulties of integrating the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), and to illustrate their degree of awareness about it and extent to which they are informed about BHFI.

Methods:
The method of qualitative research was used to conduct the study using an open-ended questionnaire and interview technique. Sixteen health professionals working in 4 hospitals and maternity clinics in Thessaloniki (Ippokrateio, Papageorgiou, Diabalkaniko, and Genesis) participated in the interviews with equal participation of individuals in the sample.

Results:
The extent to which respondents are informed about the Βaby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is relatively satisfactory, but there is no comprehensive knowledge of the steps required by the Harmonisation Directive. Harmonisation with the guidelines proposed by the BFHI is expected to improve the quality of obstetric clinic services and lead to a reduction in costs. However, there are particular difficulties in adapting hospitals to baby-friendly practices, particularly concerning the resources required.

Conclusions:
Hospitals need to make significant changes in organisation, resource efficiency and utilization, and staff training, to fully integrate the BFHI, as integration of procedures is very limited and no research has been conducted in this area in Greece.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none was reported.
FUNDING
There was no source of funding for this research.
PROVENANCE AND PEER REVIEW
Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
 
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