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Decision making regarding multifetal reduction.
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PMID:  12774878     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To identify salient variables that influence decision making regarding multifetal reduction (MFR) and describe their effect on individuals over time. DESIGN: Prospective, exploratory, descriptive design, using qualitative and quantitative methods. SETTING: Midwestern tertiary care center. PARTICIPANTS: A convenience sample of 11 consecutive consenting couples with triplet or higher-order pregnancies who elected to undergo MFR. METHODS: Semistructured audiotaped telephone interviews at three points: (a) 2 weeks postreduction, (b) 6 weeks postpartum, and (c) 6 months postpartum; a demographic and marital adjustment questionnaire. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Themes identified by content analysis and compared via matrix analysis between males and females and at three points in time; trends in marital adjustment. RESULTS: Dominant variables influencing MFR decision making were risks associated with higher-order pregnancies and preservation of infants' and mothers' health. Most participants identified emotional issues, including moral and ethical dilemmas, as the most difficult aspect of reduction. Over time, participants reported feeling more positive about their decision; nonetheless, negative feelings emerged progressively. CONCLUSIONS: Risk aversion favored MFR decision making. Yet, both making and living with the decision were emotionally difficult for this sample. Interventions are needed to assist couples with this decision and its consequences.
Michelle Maifeld; Sandra Hahn; Marita G Titler; Meredithe Mullen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2003 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-30     Completed Date:  2003-08-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  357-69     Citation Subset:  E; IM; N    
Center for Advanced Reproductive Care, Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Decision Making*
Pregnancy Reduction, Multifetal / nursing*,  psychology*
Prospective Studies

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