Women's experiences of tests and procedures carried out at a preterm birth surveillance clinic

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Abstract

Background
Preterm birth is a major cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity, with practices varying between specialist services.
Aim
To explore the experiences and views of pregnant women at high-risk of preterm birth who were undergoing tests requiring a speculum examination and procedures at a preterm birth surveillance clinic.
Methods
Women attending for preterm surveillance at a specialist clinic were asked to complete a questionnaire.
Findings
A total of 102 participants completed the questionnaire. Overall, 97% (n=99) of women found the speculum examination acceptable and 88% (n=90) stated they would be happy to have the examination again if required. This was comparable to 95% (n=97) of women who stated they found the transvaginal ultrasound examination acceptable.
Conclusions
Our findings suggest that women at risk of preterm birth find speculum examinations and transvaginal ultrasound scans for cervical length measurement acceptable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-34
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Volume26
Issue number1
Early online date12 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jan 2018

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