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Decision support for women choosing mode of delivery after a previous caesarean section: A developmental study

Lookup NU author(s): Allison FarnworthORCiD, Professor Steve RobsonORCiD, Emeritus Professor Richard Thomson, Dr Duika Burges WatsonORCiD, Professor Madeleine Murtagh


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Objective: To examine the impact of a decision support intervention designed for women choosing mode of delivery after one previous caesarean section. Methods: A decision support intervention was developed comprising of an informational DVD/video and a home visit by a midwife. 16 women received standard clinical care and 16 women additionally received the intervention. Pilot questionnaire data was collected at 12, 28 and 37 weeks gestation from all participants. 18 of the 32 participants also participated in semi-structured interviews after they had decided mode of delivery at 37 weeks gestation. Results: Four themes were identified in the qualitative data relating to decision-making: informational support, emotional support, participation and involvement in decision-making, and the way in which decision support was used. Conclusion: The difficulties experienced by women in this decision-making scenario were confirmed. The intervention was welcomed by the participants and both qualitative and quantitative findings suggest the intervention improved decision-making experiences. Practice implications: This intervention offers an accessible method of decision support which effectively targets the needs of women choosing mode of delivery after a previous caesarean delivery. Using easily reproducible informational materials, and the pre-existing skills of midwives, it would be relatively straightforward to introduce this intervention into current clinical practice. © 2007 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Farnworth A, Robson SC, Thomson RG, Burges Watson D, Murtagh MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Patient Education and Counseling

Year: 2008

Volume: 71

Issue: 1

Pages: 116-124

ISSN (print): 0738-3991

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5134

Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2007.11.020

PubMed id: 18255248


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