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Obstetricians' knowledge and attitudes toward epidural analgesia in labour.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9807613     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A survey of all registered obstetrician/gynaecologists in Western Australia (n = 79) was conducted to obtain information regarding their level of knowledge about epidural analgesia (EA) in labour and its complications, their sources of information about EA, and their opinions regarding its role in labour and effect on progress of labour. Response rate was 68%. Most respondents had only received lectures about EA after specialist training and 20% did not achieve an adequate knowledge score. Those of less than five years' experience achieved significantly better scores. Over a third did not favour EA in labour until active labour was established, though 90% would recommend it by late first stage in those with a potentially complicated delivery. For women with cardiac or significant medical disease aggravated by labour, 18% would wait until the late first or second stage before suggesting EA. Seventy-seven per cent believed EA prolonged the second stage of labour, though opinion varied regarding EA effects on the duration and progress of first and third stages. Up to thirty minutes delay before epidural placement is acceptable to 87%. This survey suggests that there is both a demand and a need for greater education about EA in labour, particularly with respect to EA side-effects, complications and effects on labour, in the subgroup of obstetricians who have been in obstetric practice more than five years.
N M Vandendriesen; W Lim; M J Paech; C Michael
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia and intensive care     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0310-057X     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Publication Date:  1998 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-01-20     Completed Date:  1999-01-20     Revised Date:  2006-08-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342017     Medline TA:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  563-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Analgesia, Epidural* / adverse effects
Analgesia, Obstetrical* / adverse effects
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Data Collection
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Middle Aged
Western Australia

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