Awareness and Perception of Epidural Labor Analgesia Amongst Parturient in South Eastern Nigeria
Clinical Medicine Research
Volume 6, Issue 3, May 2017, Pages: 116-120
Received: Feb. 20, 2017; Accepted: Mar. 27, 2017; Published: May 25, 2017
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Fidelis Anayo Onyekwulu, Department of Anaesthesia, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria
Innocent Chidiebere Ugwu, Department of Anaesthesia, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria
Elias Chikee Aniwada, Department of Community Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria
Tochukwu Christopher Okeke, Department of Obstetric and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria
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This study was carried out to assess the awareness, perceptions, acceptance, and the level of utilization of epidural analgesia in relation to other methods of labor pain relief among prospective parturient attending the ante-natal clinic in south eastern Nigeria. Women attending the ante-natal clinic were interviewed using interviewer administered questionnaires containing both open and closed questions, to evaluate their awareness, perceptions, acceptance and level of utilization of labor analgesia in general and epidural analgesia in particular. Data were analysed using SPSS Statistics Version 21.0. The study included 150 women with mean age of 29.63±5.02. Most of the respondents (94.7%) had at least secondary school education. More than half the respondents (62.7%) knew about labor analgesia and 38.7% knew about epidural labor analgesia. Source of knowledge to vast majority (75.6%) were doctors and nurses. Majority of the multiparous respondents (81.27%) had moderate or severe pain in the previous confinement and only 53% had pain relieve. Of those who had pain relieve, two third hard breathing exercises while 4.8% had epidural analgesia. Majority of the respondents (72.7%) would want to have labor analgesia, and 53.3% desired epidural in their next delivery. There is poor level of awareness and utilization of epidural labor analgesia by women attending an antenatal clinic in south eastern Nigeria.
Epidural Analgesia, Labor Pain, Awareness and Perception
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Fidelis Anayo Onyekwulu, Innocent Chidiebere Ugwu, Elias Chikee Aniwada, Tochukwu Christopher Okeke, Awareness and Perception of Epidural Labor Analgesia Amongst Parturient in South Eastern Nigeria, Clinical Medicine Research. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2017, pp. 116-120. doi: 10.11648/j.cmr.20170603.20
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