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Patient acceptance of transvaginal sonography in the early pregnancy unit setting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14618664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To establish the acceptability of transvaginal scanning in patients attending an early pregnancy unit (EPU) due to problems in early pregnancy such as vaginal bleeding. METHODS: An unselected group of pregnant women who were less than 8 weeks' gestation were invited to complete a questionnaire before the transvaginal scan regarding their views about the pregnancy and about the scan itself. They were asked to complete a second questionnaire after the scan had been performed. Information was collected about the presenting symptoms and the final diagnosis. RESULTS: Of a total of 107 patients, the most common reason for attending the EPU was vaginal bleeding (51.4%). The primary concern for the majority of these women was their pregnancy, rather than the scan procedure itself. Their concerns about the scan were not altered by a previous history of miscarriages or by maternal age. After the scan, more than 77% of patients scored < or = 3 out of 10 with regard to discomfort, pain and embarrassment. Only 1.9% experienced marked discomfort, scoring > 8 out of 10. The scores were not altered by the patients' diagnoses. A total of 99% of patients said that they would agree to have a similar procedure in the future. CONCLUSION: This questionnaire-based study confirms that patients attending with problems in early pregnancy find transvaginal sonography acceptable.
Authors:
R L Dutta; D L Economides
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ultrasound in obstetrics & gynecology : the official journal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0960-7692     ISO Abbreviation:  Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2003 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-17     Completed Date:  2004-03-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9108340     Medline TA:  Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  503-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2003 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Affiliation:
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Free Hospital, London UK.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Anxiety / etiology
Female
Humans
Patient Satisfaction*
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular / psychology,  ultrasonography*
Questionnaires
Ultrasonography, Prenatal / methods*,  psychology
Uterine Hemorrhage / ultrasonography*

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