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Obstetricians' attitudes to caesarean delivery on maternal request in Nigeria.
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PMID:  21126119     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The study was done to determine obstetricians' attitude to and factors predicting obstetricians' acceptance of caesarean delivery on maternal request in Nigeria. Nigerian obstetricians were asked to respond to case scenarios depicting caesarean delivery on maternal request without medical indications and the reasons for their responses. The case scenarios were designed from previously published reasons for caesarean delivery on maternal request from Nigeria. Multiple logistic regressions analysis was done to determine factors predicting obstetricians' acceptance of caesarean delivery on maternal request out of respect for maternal autonomy. The majority (53.1%) of the respondents would accept caesarean delivery on maternal request out of respect for maternal autonomy. Caesarean requests backed up by social mitigating circumstances of previous childlessness and previous negative labour experience received significantly higher acceptances than requests with no back-up mitigating circumstances (p < 0.0001). A good proportion (48.8%) of Nigerian obstetricians had performed at least one caesarean on maternal request. Obstetricians' bio-professional characteristics do not influence their attitude to request caesarean delivery on maternal request. Some obstetricians expressed fear of legal consequences from caesarean delivery on maternal request.
C O Chigbu; C C Ezenyeaku; E P Ezenkwele
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1364-6893     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  813-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria.
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