• Dr. Allison Shorten, Professor in Nursing, serves as Director of UAB Office of Interprofessional Curriculum. An Australian registered nurse and midwife, Dr. Shorten is internationally recognized for her trailblazing Birth Choices decision aid research. A fellow of the Australian College of Midwives, she has made significant contributions to the midwifery profession and international research supporting shared decision making in pregnancy. Dr. Shorten, an expert in evidence based curriculum design, is known for her dynamic and innovative approaches to support student learning, and dedication to teaching excellence and mentorship.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 A Study to Assess the Feasibility of Implementing a Web-Based Decision Aid for Birth after Cesarean to Increase Opportunities for Shared Decision Making in Ethnically Diverse Settings 2019
    2019 Birth choices for women in a ‘Positive Birth after Caesarean' clinic: Randomised trial of alternative shared decision support strategies 2019
    2019 Strengthening universal health and primary health care: Development of an education quality improvement toolkit. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem. 2019
    2018 Using a pregnancy decision support program for women choosing birth after a previous caesarean in Japan: A mixed methods study 2018
    2017 A cluster-randomized trial to reduce major perinatal morbidity among women with one prior cesarean delivery in Québec (PRISMA trial): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial 2017
    2017 Looking for zebras and finding horses: A qualitative narrative study of pre-RN licensure nursing Students' experience of a “normal” postnatal simulation 2017
    2016 The Effect of Evidence-Based Scripted Midwifery Counseling on Women's Choices About Mode of Birth After a Previous Cesarean 2016
    2016 Trends in birth choices after caesarean section in Japan: A national survey examining information and access to vaginal birth after caesarean 2016
    2015 Developing an Internet-Based Decision Aid for Women Choosing Between Vaginal Birth After Cesarean and Planned Repeat Cesarean 2015
    2014 The elevator pitch for midwifery care 2014
    2014 A Model of Adaptation of Overseas Nurses: Exploring the Experiences of Japanese Nurses Working in Australia 2014
    2014 Complexities of choice after prior cesarean: A narrative analysis 2014
    2014 Differences between patient and provider perceptions of informed decision making about epidural analgesia use during childbirth. 2014
    2014 Patient and provider perceptions of decision making about use of epidural analgesia during childbirth: a thematic analysis. 2014
    2014 The challenge of preconception counseling: Using reproductive life planning in primary care 2014
    2014 Timing the provision of a pregnancy decision-aid: Temporal patterns of preference for mode of birth during pregnancy 2014
    2013 Exploring Women's Values, Choices, Expectations, and Outcomes for Birth After Cesarean 2013
    2012 Decision aid tools to support women's decision making in pregnancy and birth: A systematic review and meta-analysis 2012
    2012 Success, satisfaction and postnatal health: The importance of mode of birth after previous cesarean 2012
    2012 The Importance of Mode of Birth After Previous Cesarean: Success, Satisfaction, and Postnatal Health 2012
    2011 Midwives and pregnant women talk about alcohol: What advice do we give and what do they receive? 2011
    2008 The birth of 'MidPLUS': Australia's new national continuing professional development program for midwives 2008
    2007 What happens when a private hospital comes to town?. The impact of the 'public' to 'private' hospital shift on regional birthing outcomes 2007
    2005 The "public" to "private" hospital shift: What happens to birthing women? (Published Research Paper) 2005
    2005 Making choices for childbirth: a randomized controlled trial of a decision-aid for informed birth after cesarean. 2005
    2005 Towards understanding the impact of gestational diabetes on breastfeeding 2005
    2004 Impact of private health insurance incentives on obstetric outcomes in NSW hospitals. 2004
    2004 Making choices for childbirth: Development and testing of a decision-aid for women who have experienced previous caesarean 2004
    2002 Birth position, accoucheur, and perineal outcomes: Informing women about choices for vaginal birth 2002
    2002 INR SELECTION 情報リテラシーの育成:エビデンスに基づく看護の鍵 2002
    2002 Perineal outcomes in NSW public and private hospitals: analysing recent trends. 2002
    2001 Developing information literacy: A key to evidence-based nursing 2001
    2001 Obstetric intervention among private and public patients in Australia 2001
    2001 Obstetric intervention among private and public patients in Australia. Women must have full information when choosing private health insurance for pregnancy. 2001
    2000 Rates for obstetric intervention among private and public patients in Australia: population based descriptive study 2000
    2000 Teaching information literacy skills: An evaluation 2000
    2000 Women's choice? The impact of private health insurance on episiotomy rates in Australian hospitals 2000
    1999 Integrating information literacies into an undergraduate nursing programmen 1999
    1999 Childbirth education classes: Understanding patterns of attendance 1999
    1999 Episiotomy in NSW hospitals 1993-1996: towards understanding variations between public and private hospitals. 1999
    1998 Childbirth education: Do classes meet consumer expectations 1998
    1998 Trial of labour versus elective repeat caesarean section: a cost-effectiveness analysis. 1998
    1997 Paving the way: Stepping stones to evidence-based nursing 1997
    1997 Taking the first steps: Information literacy, a tool for developing an evidence-based approach to nursing 1997
    1996 The video assessment strategy: improving student learning and reducing stress. 1996
    1996 Economic evaluation of caesarean section: Trial of labour versus elective repeat caesarean section 1996
    1995 Female circumcision: Understanding special needs 1995
    1995 Obstetric early discharge versus traditional hospital stay. 1995
    1995 Obstetric early discharge versus traditional hospital stay: Analysing the cost of postnatal care 1995
    Development of a 'patient rights' subscale to measure informed decision making within the Dyadic Decisional Conflict Scale for obstetric care


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    2012 Birth Choices: What is best for you...vaginal or caesarean birth? (New Zealand edition) 2012
    2011 Donner naissance après une cesarienne s'informer pour mieux choisir. (Canadian French edition) 2011
    2008 Birth choices: What is best for you...vaginal or caesarean birth? (Japanese edition) 2008
    2007 Preparing consumers for shared decisions: Analyzing the effectiveness of a decision-aid for women making choices about birth after caesarean 2007
    2007 Birth Choices: What is best for you...vaginal or caesarean birth 2007
    2006 Birth Choices: What is best for you...vaginal or caesarean birth? A decision-aid for women making choices about birth after caesarean section. (2nd edition) 2006
    2000 Birth choices: What is best for you...vaginal or caesarean birth? A decision-aid for women making choices about birth after caesarean section. (1st edition) 2000


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    2007 Caesarean section: A midwife's view 2007

    Research Overview

  • Development, evaluation and implementation of patient decision aids; shared decision making in pregnancy and birth; using information technology to integrate decision aids into healthcare systems; identifying determinants of birth outcomes; promoting physiological birth; translating evidence into practice; using simulation in healthcare education; developing interprofessional curriculum to promote high quality healthcare.
  • Full Name

  • Allison Shorten