Opinions and perceptions of midwifery students on the accreditation of midwifery education
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Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Emine Demir   

Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A39
Students constitute the most important step in the accreditation process of an educational institution. The main criteria are how the student's basic competence, professional skills, learning and program outcomes are evaluated, and how student support and services are provided. Therefore this research was conducted to examine the perceptions and opinions of midwifery students about the accreditation of midwifery education.

Material and Methods:
The cross-sectional study was carried out with a total of 418 students studying in the midwifery department of a university between March-April 2022. The data were collected by face-to-face interview method, using a questionnaire and “Accreditation Perception Scale”. The data were analyzed using the SPSS 22 package program.

68.7% of the students know what accreditation means, 54.5% think that it will benefit students and graduates. 78.5% of the students stated that they knew the vision and mission of the midwifery department, 65.8% the quality ambassador of the department and 78.2% the accreditation studies of the department. Accreditation perception scale scores were found to be significantly higher in those who participated in the scientific event, knew the purpose of accreditation, internal/external stakeholders, wanted to take part in accreditation studies, knew the quality ambassadors and the mission/vision of the department (p<0.001).

In the study, it was found that the students' perception of accreditation was at a high level and their awareness of accreditation contributed positively. Initiatives to increase the perception of accreditation will contribute positively to the execution of accreditation activities to increase the quality of midwifery education.

To Amine Merve Bahsi, a midwifery student who contributed to the collection of research data; we would like to thank all midwifery students who showed interest in the subject and answered the questions sincerely.
There is no conflict of interest between the authors.
No financial support was received from any person and/or institution during the study and the writing of the article.
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