Antenatal Education for Epidural Anaesthesia in Labour - A Pilot Study

Recruitment status:
Not recruiting
Primary Sponsor:
Charities/Societies/Foundations Epworth Foundation - Foot and Ankle Research Fund
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Health condition studied:
Pain during labour in primigravida women planning to have a normal vaginal delivery.
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About the trial

The intervention arm will be given the opportunity to watch a multimedia patient education module (approximately 20 minutes in length) on the use of epidural anaesthesia in labour during their antenatal education classes at 32 weeks gestation.
Key inclusion and exclusion criteria:
  • Inclusion criteria: Patients must be primigravida women who are planning on having a normal vaginal delivery. Patients must be aged between 20 and 40 years, have no past history of epidural or spinal anaesthesia, english must be their first language, have achieved grade 11 or greater secondary education and be able to read a plain English patient information consent form. Patients also need to be attending the antenatal education classes conducted by Ms Cathryn Curtin at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Hospital.
  • Exclusion criteria: Exclusion criteria are maternal age less than 20 or greater than 40 years, English not primary language, poor eyesight and/or hearing, previous epidural or spinal anaesthesia and planned caesarean section.
  • Age minimum:  20 Years
  • Age maximum:  40 Years
  • Gender:  Females
Primary outcomes:
The study aims to examine the opinions of women regarding their concerns about pain relief in labour by comparing the efficacy of a pamphlet and of a multimedia module in explaining risks and benefits of epidural anaesthesia in labour and to determine whether patient anxiety levels are influenced by being given information regarding epidural anaesthesia in labour. Patients will be asked to complete a knowledge based questionnaire prior to information delivery as well as a state-trait anxiety questionnaire. A knowledge questionnaire and anxiety questionnaire will also be completed by the patients after receiving the information. At 2 week post delivery of a healthy baby the midwife who conducted the classes will get the patients to complete a questionnaire regarding their experience with epidural anaesthesia during the birthing process.
Secondary outcomes:
To obtain subjective assessment of patients regarding whether they believed the antenatal education that they received adequately prepared them for what they experienced, particularly regarding epidural anaesthesia in labour.
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  • Name:   Kate Claxton
  • Address:  Epworth Centre Suite 6.3, Level 6 32 Erin Street Richmond Vic 3121, Australia
  • Phone:  +61 3 9428 9944
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Technical details

Scientific title:
To determine the efficacy of the use of multimedia patient education technology in the antenatal education process, particularly regarding the use of epidural anaesthesia in labour, in primigravida women who are planning on having a normal vaginal delivery.
Sources of monetary support:
Epworth Foundation - Foot and Ankle Research Fund
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Last refreshed:
7 April 2014


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