Education does not improve patient perception of preterm uterine contractility

Lois E. Brustman, Oded Langer, Akol1sa Anyaegbunam, Catherine Belle, Irwin R. Merkatz

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In this prospective study, we sought to compare pregnant women's self-perception of their preterm uterine contractility versus electronically obtained data and to evaluate the impact of intensive patient education on increasing aware-ness of the presence of uterine contractions. Thirty-eight women each monitored their uterine activity at home for two 60-minute periods daily during a 21-day sequence. An event marker was used to document perceived contractions and after a 3-day baseline interval, an intensive nursing-service educational intervention was initiated for all subjects. Thirty-five percent of women underreported uterine contractions, whereas only 5% over reported their uterine activity during the study. Derived patient scores of underreporting and over reporting of contractions did not vary among seven consecutive 3-day study intervals. Analysis of the data revealed that patients perceived fewer than 10% of all contractions documented electronically. No improvement in the reliability of patient perception of preterm uterine contractility was obtained after the educational intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97S-101S
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume76
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990

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Uterine Contraction
Education
Nursing Services
Patient Education
Self Concept
Pregnant Women
Prospective Studies

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Brustman, L. E., Langer, O., Anyaegbunam, A., Belle, C., & Merkatz, I. R. (1990). Education does not improve patient perception of preterm uterine contractility. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 76(1), 97S-101S.

Education does not improve patient perception of preterm uterine contractility. / Brustman, Lois E.; Langer, Oded; Anyaegbunam, Akol1sa; Belle, Catherine; Merkatz, Irwin R.

In: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 76, No. 1, 1990, p. 97S-101S.

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Brustman, LE, Langer, O, Anyaegbunam, A, Belle, C & Merkatz, IR 1990, 'Education does not improve patient perception of preterm uterine contractility', Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 97S-101S.
Brustman, Lois E. ; Langer, Oded ; Anyaegbunam, Akol1sa ; Belle, Catherine ; Merkatz, Irwin R. / Education does not improve patient perception of preterm uterine contractility. In: Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1990 ; Vol. 76, No. 1. pp. 97S-101S.
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