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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165996
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The woman's experience of preterm labor symptoms: A time of uncertainty
Author(s):
Poole, Judith
Author Details:
Judith Poole, MSN/MN/MNSc/MNE, Carolinas Medical Center Dept. OB/Gyn, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, (updated February 2015) email: poolejh@queens.edu
Abstract:
Despite significant advances in perinatal medicine over the past 40 years, the incidence of preterm birth remains unchanged. Low birth weight and prematurity prevention are major concerns confronting perinatal care providers today. Signs and symptoms of preterm labor reported in medical and nursing literature establish the diagnosis of preterm labor. However, symptoms reported by women admitted to labor and delivery units with a diagnosis of preterm labor are more subtle. The purpose of this study was to explore the symptoms identified by the woman that preceded the diagnosis of preterm labor. Forty Caucasian and Afro-American women, age 14-43, of varying educational and income backgrounds, participated in intensive tape-recorded interviews during their initial hospitalization for the treatment of preterm labor (before 37 completed weeks gestation). The semi-structured interview guide consisted of open-ended questions focused on identifying life experiences occurring in the current pregnancy before admission to the hospital. Using qualitative data analysis techniques, women's descriptions of their symptoms of preterm labor were organized into the following thematic categories: first inklings, symptom awareness, symptom management, symptom confusion, and symptom conflict. Findings from this study suggest that women identify when "something was different" in the pregnancy. After recognizing that "something was different" the woman self-manages the symptoms before calling her health care provider or entering the health care system. Self-diagnosis and management of these symptoms indicate that the woman's perception of a change in her body can be significant in identifying potential problem during pregnancy. This study emphasizes the need to further explore the value of the woman's ability to identify changes within her body that may signal potential pregnancy complications.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
Feb 29 - Mar 2, 1996
Conference Host:
Southern Nursing Research Society
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe woman's experience of preterm labor symptoms: A time of uncertaintyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPoole, Judithen_US
dc.author.detailsJudith Poole, MSN/MN/MNSc/MNE, Carolinas Medical Center Dept. OB/Gyn, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, (updated February 2015) email: poolejh@queens.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165996-
dc.description.abstractDespite significant advances in perinatal medicine over the past 40 years, the incidence of preterm birth remains unchanged. Low birth weight and prematurity prevention are major concerns confronting perinatal care providers today. Signs and symptoms of preterm labor reported in medical and nursing literature establish the diagnosis of preterm labor. However, symptoms reported by women admitted to labor and delivery units with a diagnosis of preterm labor are more subtle. The purpose of this study was to explore the symptoms identified by the woman that preceded the diagnosis of preterm labor. Forty Caucasian and Afro-American women, age 14-43, of varying educational and income backgrounds, participated in intensive tape-recorded interviews during their initial hospitalization for the treatment of preterm labor (before 37 completed weeks gestation). The semi-structured interview guide consisted of open-ended questions focused on identifying life experiences occurring in the current pregnancy before admission to the hospital. Using qualitative data analysis techniques, women's descriptions of their symptoms of preterm labor were organized into the following thematic categories: first inklings, symptom awareness, symptom management, symptom confusion, and symptom conflict. Findings from this study suggest that women identify when "something was different" in the pregnancy. After recognizing that "something was different" the woman self-manages the symptoms before calling her health care provider or entering the health care system. Self-diagnosis and management of these symptoms indicate that the woman's perception of a change in her body can be significant in identifying potential problem during pregnancy. This study emphasizes the need to further explore the value of the woman's ability to identify changes within her body that may signal potential pregnancy complications.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T14:38:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T14:38:04Z-
dc.conference.dateFeb 29 - Mar 2, 1996en_US
dc.conference.hostSouthern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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