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Association between anxiety and pain in the latent phase of labour upon admission to the maternity hospital: a prospective, descriptive study

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Published in Journal of Health Psychology. 2015, vol. 20, no. 4, p. 446-455
Abstract This study investigated the association between anxiety experienced by the mother, a request for analgesia, and the level of pain at maternity hospital admission in early labour. Anxiety levels were measured by the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and pain was assessed using a Visual Analogue Scale. Anxiety and Visual Analogue Scale scores were compared using a linear regression model and indicated a statistically significant association between the anxiety state and degree of pain (p < 0.016; Y = 0.895 x score + 32.656). There was no significant association between anxiety and a request for epidural analgesia. During labour, an evaluation of anxiety should be associated with an assessment of the perceived degree of pain.
Keywords AdultAnalgesia, Epidural/psychology/statistics & numerical dataAnxiety/epidemiology/psychologyComorbidityFemaleHospitals, Maternity/statistics & numerical dataHumansLabor Pain/epidemiology/psychologyLabor, Obstetric/psychologyPain MeasurementPregnancyProspective StudiesYoung Adult
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PMID: 24155186
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Research group Groupe Irion Olivier/Boulvain Michel (gynécologie et obstétrique) (272)
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FLORIS BENZI, Lucia, IRION, Olivier. Association between anxiety and pain in the latent phase of labour upon admission to the maternity hospital: a prospective, descriptive study. In: Journal of Health Psychology, 2015, vol. 20, n° 4, p. 446-455. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:89571

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