The Mothers on Respect Index – Short Version is a 7-item self-report measure of individual experience of care from maternity care providers and is based on the 14-item Mothers on Respect Index (Vedam et al, 2017). Different aspects of respectful care captured by the scale include ease of communication with provider, patient autonomy, and respect for cultural preferences.
Geographies Tested: Canada
Populations Included: Female
Age Range: Adults
Overall while making decisions during my pregnancy I felt:
1. Comfortable asking questions
2. Comfortable declining care that was offered
3. Comfortable accepting the options for care that my (midwife, doctor) recommended
4. Coerced into accepting the options my (midwife, doctor) suggested (reverse scored)*
5. I chose the care options that I received
6. My personal preferences were respected
7. My cultural preferences were respected
*This item was re-phrased when administered to the United States sample. The word “coerced” was replaced with “pushed”.
Items are scored such that higher scores reflect more respectful interactions with maternity care providers.
Vedam, S., Stoll, K., Rubashkin, N., Martin, K., Miller-Vedam, Z., Hayes-Klein, H., & Jolicoeur, G. (2017). The mothers on respect (MOR) index: measuring quality, safety, and human rights in childbirth. SSM-population health, 3, 201-210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.01.005
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