The aim of this literature search was to explore the prevalence of obstetric violence and identify nursing interventions that could potentially prevent the mistreatment of pregnant women in the United States healthcare system. Background: The topics of obstetric violence and healthcare disparities have been gaining awareness. Other countries have a larger body of research for obstetric violence compared to the U.S. Methods: CINAHL Plus with Full Text and MEDLINE databases were utilized. Global perspectives were considered in conjunction with the U.S. and specifically Florida. Healthcare disparities in obstetric care were identified, based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexuality, disability, weight, and age. Results: There were seven studies related to obstetric violence in U.S. healthcare facilities, none in Florida. These studies found there was obstetric violence in U.S. healthcare facilities, however, it was inconclusive to the degree and rate of mistreatment as well as the effectiveness of any stated prevention strategies. The quality of the reporting limited the generalizability and rate of mistreatment. Discussion: Nursing interventions to obstetric violence were readiness to learn, shared decision-making, empathy, and self-reflection. Nurses can implement these interventions to improve the quality of patient care and prevent violence within the healthcare setting.

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Thesis Chair/Advisor

Diaz, Desiree


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)


College of Nursing



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