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Mind the Gap: Knowledge of Diastasis Recti Abdominis in Postpartum Women Public Deposited

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Wiley, Jennifer. Mind the Gap: Knowledge of Diastasis Recti Abdominis In Postpartum Women. . 1005. https://uindy.hykucommons.org/concern/etds/03476e8f-f9ca-4236-b94c-70e1a37690fc?locale=en

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Wiley, Jennifer. (1005). Mind the Gap: Knowledge of Diastasis Recti Abdominis in Postpartum Women. https://uindy.hykucommons.org/concern/etds/03476e8f-f9ca-4236-b94c-70e1a37690fc?locale=en

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Wiley, Jennifer. Mind the Gap: Knowledge of Diastasis Recti Abdominis In Postpartum Women. 1005. https://uindy.hykucommons.org/concern/etds/03476e8f-f9ca-4236-b94c-70e1a37690fc?locale=en

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  • Diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) is a condition that involves a lasting separation of the abdominal muscles, found commonly in women after pregnancy. This condition leads to limitations in the physical and emotional well-being of women. The existing focus of research on DRA has been on diagnostic tools and treatment options. There is no evidence of investigation into the lived experience of women with this condition nor about the forms or topics of education provided by healthcare providers. The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of women who have been either self-identified or medically diagnosed with DRA. A deeper insight into the experience of women with DRA may serve to enhance the patient-provider interaction during this critical time. A qualitative methodology was utilized with a basic interpretive approach and convenience sampling. Each participant contributed her experience through a semi-structured, in-depth interview. Eight predominant themes emerged from the analysis of data: lack of patient knowledge, lack of education offered by providers, impact on self-image, desired education, sources of self-education, benefits of education, problems with available education, and patient recommendations for care. These themes help to create a picture of the experiences of each participant. The data collected identifies gaps in the patient-provider relationship and offers opportunities for improvements in available evidence-based knowledge.
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  • Doctor of Health Science
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  • Doctoral
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  • Health Science
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  • University of Indianapolis
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  • Ruth Maher, DPT, PhD
  • Lisa Borrero, PhD, FAGHE
  • Laura Santurri, PhD, MPH, CPH

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