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Translating data to dialogue: how to discuss mode of delivery with your patient with twins.
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PMID:  16626605     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Patients are given options with regard to the mode of delivery with increasing frequency. The manner in which obstetricians frame the risk/benefit information can have dramatic impact on the ultimate decision made by the patient. STUDY DESIGN: Recently published epidemiologic data reported increased morbidity and mortality to the second twin on the basis of mode of delivery. In this analysis, the findings of the epidemiologic studies were translated from odds ratio into the number of cesarean deliveries that would be required to prevent an adverse outcome for the second twin. RESULTS: For gestations of > or = 36 weeks, 97 cesarean deliveries would need to be performed to prevent a single serious morbidity or mortality in a second twin. This number is within the range needed to prevent uterine rupture associated with trial of labor following cesarean delivery (556) or morbidity related to vaginal breech delivery (167). CONCLUSION: Number needed to treat may be more useful than odds risk assessment in patient counseling.
Marjorie C Meyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-04-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  195     ISSN:  1097-6868     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-26     Completed Date:  2006-10-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  899-906     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Cesarean Section
Decision Making
Delivery, Obstetric / methods*
Fetal Death / prevention & control

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