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Symptoms of preterm labor and self-diagnostic confusion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1437587     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to learn how women experiencing preterm labor come to know a health deviation exists, and what they do when faced with such a problem. Grounded theory methodology was used as the research approach. Extensive interviews were conducted with 28 women about their care-seeking experiences with preterm labor. Ambiguous symptoms, absence of a meaningful label to attach to symptoms, and the context of pregnancy with its expected discomforts come together to create a situation of diagnostic confusion. Appropriate action to take in response to the diagnostic confusion is not self-evident. Deliberate and protracted efforts to make sense of and deal with symptoms of preterm labor are attempted. Making sense consists of three subprocesses: comparing, gathering data, and seeking information. Strategies used to deal with the symptoms include self-treating, ignoring, positive thinking, and waiting. Recourse to a professional is used as the strategy of last resort when symptoms can no longer be contained.
E T Patterson; A B Douglas; P M Patterson; J B Bradle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing research     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0029-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Res     Publication Date:    1992 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-12-22     Completed Date:  1992-12-22     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376404     Medline TA:  Nurs Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  367-72     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; N    
Nursing Service Department, Montclair Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL.
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MeSH Terms
Hospitals, Private / statistics & numerical data
Hospitals, University / statistics & numerical data
Interviews as Topic
Obstetric Labor, Premature / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  psychology
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
Psychology, Social
Sampling Studies
Self Care* / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Time Factors
Grant Support

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