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Assessment and documentation of women's labour pain: A cross-sectional study in Swedish delivery wards
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. (Äldre och långvariga hälsoproblem, Older Adults and Long-Term Health Problems)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9771-6640
Univ Hosp Örebro, Dept Obstet, Örebro, Sweden.
Skaraborgs Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Skövde, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. (Kvinna, barn och familj, Woman, child and family (WomFam))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2261-0112
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2015 (English)In: Women and Birth, ISSN 1871-5192, E-ISSN 1878-1799, Vol. 28, no 2, E14-E18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: A woman's pain during labour plays a dominant role in childbirth. The midwife's role is to assess the degree of pain experienced during labour. When professionals respond to labour pain with acknowledgement and understanding, the woman's sense of control and empowerment is increased, which could contribute to a positive experience of childbirth. The aim of this study is to describe how labour pain in Swedish delivery wards is assessed and documented. Methods: This quantitative descriptive study was designed as a national survey performed through telephone interviews with the representatives of 34 delivery wards in Sweden. Results and conclusion: The majority of the participating delivery wards assessed and documented women's labour pain, but in an unstructured manner. The wards differed in how the assessments and documentation were performed. In addition, almost all the delivery wards that participated in the survey lacked guidelines for the assessment and documentation of the degree of pain during labour. The findings also showed that the issue of labour pain was sometimes discussed in the delivery wards, but not in a structured or consistent way. (C) 2015 Australian College of Midwives. Published by Elsevier Australia (a division of Reed International Books Australia Pty Ltd). All rights reserved.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 28, no 2, E14-E18 p.
Keyword [en]
Pain assessment, Childbirth, Documentation, Midwifery, Visual analogue scale
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Nursing
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Woman, Child and Family (WomFam); Age and Ageing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13587DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.01.010ISI: 000358011700003PubMedID: 25686875Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84937523315OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-13587DiVA: diva2:1098127
Available from: 2017-05-23 Created: 2017-05-23 Last updated: 2017-06-05Bibliographically approved

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