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Study protocol for ‘PROMIsE’: Implementation of a curriculum to stimulate PROactive behavior in MIdwifery Education
Eveline Mestdagh 1, 2  
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Midwifery Department, Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
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Centre for research and innovation in care, University Antwerp, Belgium
3
Lectoraat Healthy Region, HZ University of Applied Sciences, Vlissingen, The Netherlands
Publish date: 2018-09-04
Submission date: 2018-07-13
Final revision date: 2018-08-21
Acceptance date: 2018-08-27
 
Eur J Midwifery 2018;2(September):10
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Introduction:
Proactive behavior shows promise in the challenges of midwifery students in adapting quickly and effectively to different clinical settings. The antecedents of rolebreadth self-efficacy, control appraisal and trust in peers have demonstrated a potential for significant benefit to proactive behavior in midwifery education. A new midwifery educational program, ‘PROMIsE’, was developed to influence these antecedents and so enhance proactive behavior.

Methods:
A pre-test/post-test cohort study of midwifery students’ antecedents in proactive behavior will be conducted from September 2018 until June 2022. All new starting midwifery students (n = estimated at 150) at one Belgian University College will be included. Data will be collected using a validated questionnaire at four time points: the entry point in the new midwifery curriculum, after one year, two years and at the end of the curriculum. A proportional odds logistic regression analysis will be used to clarify the association between these antecedents and the probability to observe proactive behavior within this group at different time points.

Results:
A historical comparison will be made with this cohort study and two previous cross-sectional studies. With ‘PROMIsE’ it is assumed that this cohort, which underwent the intervention of ‘PROMIsE’, will score significantly higher than the cross-sectional study groups.

Conclusions:
‘PROMIsE’ aims to support the individual guidance of midwifery students towards proactive behavior in midwifery in order to cope with the numerous challenges in reproductive healthcare.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Eveline Mestdagh   
Artesis Plantijn University College Midwifery department, Noorderplaats, 2, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
 
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