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Reliability and validity of the Acceptance Symptom Assessment Scale in assessing labour pain
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Skaraborg Hospital, SE-541 85 Skövde, Sweden.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Skaraborg Hospital, SE-541 85 Skövde, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 28, no 5, e684-e688 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: to investigate the reliability and validity of the Acceptance Symptom Assessment Scale (ASAS) in assessing labour pain.

Design: a test-retest approach was used to assess reliability and validity.

Setting: labour ward with approximately 2,400 deliveries annually in western part of Sweden.

Participants: forty-seven pregnant women in the latent or active phase of labour.

Methods: a total of five pain assessments with both the ASAS and the VAS were conducted in three sessions.

Main outcome measures: correlation between ASAS and VAS.

Findings: both scales demonstrated high and significant test–retest correlations (r=0.83–0.92; p<0.001). High and significant alternative-form reliability correlations (r=0.76–0.93, p<0.001) were found between ASAS and VAS ratings at all five assessments. Construct validity was established when both the ASAS and the VAS identified a pain reduction(p<0.001) 2 hrs after birth, compared to the previous assessment. Over two-thirds of the women preferred the ASAS to the VAS ,mainly(n=30) because the ASAS provided more choices relating to the pain experience, making it possible to label pain acceptable/unacceptable.

Conclusions: the ASAS is interchangeable with the VAS for assessing labour pain. Over two-thirds of the women preferred it to the VAS.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 28, no 5, e684-e688 p.
Keyword [en]
Childbirth pain, Reliability, Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), Acceptance Symptom Assessment Scale (ASAS)
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Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-5819DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2011.08.009ISI: 000311704200005PubMedID: 22015221Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84867396458OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-5819DiVA: diva2:524539
Available from: 2012-05-02 Created: 2012-05-02 Last updated: 2013-02-15Bibliographically approved

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