Midwives' use of the Internet: an Australian study Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: to report findings on midwives' use of the Internet drawn from a larger study that explored midwives' attitudes and experiences to online and computer-based learning. DESIGN AND SETTING: a descriptive, quantitative design using anonymous questionnaires was employed to obtain information from a sample of midwives in Victoria, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: questionnaires were forwarded by mail to a sample of 300 members of the Victorian branch of the Australian College of Midwives. A total of 169 questionnaires were returned by reply paid mail, representing a response rate of 56%. FINDINGS: around 92.3% of respondents reported that they used the Internet. However, 31.5% did not find navigating it to be easy, 34.7% reported that finding information was not easy, and 27.2% were not confident using the Internet. KEY CONCLUSIONS: many midwives have insufficient Internet competence to be able to access necessary evidence to support practice and to assist women with decision making. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: ongoing education and training is needed to ensure that midwives have the skills to source evidence to support practice, and are able to effectively critique Internet information.

publication date

  • 2011