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Pilot study: quality of life assessment of postnatal fatigue and other physical morbidity

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Danny Ruta


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Postnatal morbidity is increasingly recognized, but standard assessments may not capture what is most important to the woman with such morbidity in terms of her quality of life. The Mother-Generated Index (MGI) is a proposed postnatal quality-of-life instrument which allows the mother to determine both content and scoring. In this pilot study we found that although a degree of psychological and physical morbidity (including tiredness) is common, and may be very significant, for most women these factors are low-grade, and other aspects of their lives are more important. A quality-of-life approach allows the mother to determine her own postnatal assessment, and encourages practitioners to view her more holistically.

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Author(s): Ruta D; Symon A; Glazener CM; MacDonald A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology

Year: 2003

Volume: 24

Issue: 4

Pages: 215-219

ISSN (print): 0167-482X

ISSN (electronic): 1743-8942

Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.3109/01674820309074685


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