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The measurement of pain during the first stage of labour

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. A.G.W. Nolte; Prof. A. Müller en_US
dc.contributor.author Yazbek, Mariatha
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-28T06:19:48Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-28T06:19:48Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-28
dc.date.submitted 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/8243
dc.description D.Cur. en_US
dc.description.abstract Midwives are responsible to assess pain before treating it; then they should reassess the pain to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions and plan future therapy. Accurate and objective measures of labour pain continue to be scarce and the discrepancy in labour pain perceptions between parturients and health-care providers remains challenging. Various pain measurement tools are currently in use measuring chronic and acute pain, but many problems were encountered applying these methods to the woman in labour. The charts were detailed and required too much time to complete. The aim of the study was to develop a multidimensional labour pain assessment instrument to assist clinicians and midwives with labour pain control. Objectives for developing a valid and reliable instrument to accurately measure labour pain included refinement of the labour pain assessment instrument developed from literature, testing of the refined instrument on patients during labour, compilation of a final instrument and development of guidelines on how to implement the labour pain assessment instrument in nursing practice. A descriptive and exploratory approach was used to describe, evaluate, observe, explore and assemble new knowledge on assessment and measurement of pain during the first stage of labour. Development of the instrument was addressed in the literature chapter. The research was conducted in three phases, combining qualitative and quantitative research.During phase one, the instrument was refined in two stages. Focus group interviews were conducted with members regarded as knowledgeable in the field of normal labour who evaluated the face and content validity of the instrument. The most senior people teaching Midwifery at all South African universities evaluated the face and content validity of the instrument with an open-ended questionnaire thereafter, using the Delphi technique. The analysis of the first Delphi round was compared to the focus group analysis. The instrument was altered and submitted to the Delphi experts in a second open-ended questionnaire to confirm the alterations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Labor (Obstetrics) en_US
dc.subject Pain measurement en_US
dc.subject Natural childbirth en_US
dc.subject Midwives en_US
dc.title The measurement of pain during the first stage of labour en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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