Epidural analgesia for labour: maternal knowledge, preferences and informed consent.
AffiliationDepartment of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.
Patient Education as Topic
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CitationEpidural analgesia for labour: maternal knowledge, preferences and informed consent., 104 (10):300-2 Ir Med J
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractEpidural analgesia has become increasingly popular as a form of labour analgesia in Ireland. However obtaining true inform consent has always been difficult. Our study recruited 100 parturients who had undergone epidural analgesia for labour, aimed to determine the information they received prior to regional analgesia, and to ascertain their preferences regarding informed consent. Only 65 (65%) of patients planned to have an epidural. Knowledge of potential complications was variable and inaccurate, with less than 30 (30%) of women aware of the most common complications. Most women 79 (79%) believed that discomfort during labour affected their ability to provide informed consent, and believe consent should be taken prior to onset of labour (96, 96%). The results of this study helps define the standards of consent Irish patients expect for epidural analgesia during labour.
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