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Allison Shorten, PhD, RN, RM, FACM. Associate Professor, Yale School of Nursing.

When Jan 15, 2014
from 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
Where Clinic Auditorium
Contact Name Abby Roberts Fisher
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"Birth Choices After Cesarean: The Impact of a Pregnancy Decision-Aid to Support Women and Providers"

Allison Shorten is an Associate Professor at Yale University, an internationally known midwifery researcher and expert in the development and evaluation of pregnancy decision-aids. Dr. Shorten's research spanning 20 years has explored important determinants of birth outcomes including models of care delivery, health insurance, practitioner practice styles and the cascade of intervention. She has conducted numerous large cohort studies and various costing studies including a comparison of obstetric practices for birth after caesarean. Her decision-aid research provides an important contribution to development  of effective strategies to better support women making choices about birth after previous caesarean.

 Dr. Shorten is working collaboratively with hospitals and health services to tailor and integrate pregnancy decision-aids into diverse clinical environments. Numerous birth after cesarean clinics are using her Birth Choices decision-aid and as a result of her entrepreneurial flair, she was named winner of the Trailblazer Award 2008 UniQuest Competition for original, innovative, and entrepreneurial research. She is working with clinicians and researchers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, to develop effective ways to explore women’s preferences for birth and support clinicians to implement shared decision making strategies into culturally diverse settings. Birth Choices decision-aid has been translated into Japanese and French and will be soon translated into Spanish.

 Dr Shorten was recently funded by AHRQ to develop and test an interactive Health IT decision-aid for Yale New Haven Hospital with the aim of broadening the capability and reach of decision support tools for pregnancy. Allison is an Associate Editor for the journal Evidence-Based Nursing (published by BMJ/RCN) and is committed to translating high level evidence into pregnancy care practice within the US and around the globe.