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Feasibility of use of the anxiety thermometer in antenatal services

Richens, Y., David, A. L., Llahana, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-3606-5370 , Gessler, S., James, C. P. & Liao, L-M. (2020). Feasibility of use of the anxiety thermometer in antenatal services. British Journal of Midwifery, 28(8), pp. 468-474. doi: 10.12968/bjom.2020.28.8.468


Of the 102 women approached, 101 (99%) completed the anxiety thermometer (AnxT). The women were aged between 22–44 years (mean age 34.5 years); about half were primigravida and half multigravida. Almost two-thirds rated their current anxiety as four or above out of a maximum of 10. The most frequently reported concern was health of baby, followed by fears and worries, tiredness, and sleep problems. The high participation rate suggests that the AnxT can be developed to screen anxiety and elicit perinatal and related concerns to facilitate consultation and appropriate triaging. The problem checklist was refined based on the current results.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Midwifery, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Publisher Keywords: Distress thermometer, Anxiety thermometer, Preterm birth, Multiple pregnancy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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