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Attitudes of pregnant women and healthcare professionals to labour induction and obtaining consent for labour induction

Coates, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-6944-6428 (2021). Attitudes of pregnant women and healthcare professionals to labour induction and obtaining consent for labour induction. Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 77, pp. 64-75. doi: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2021.08.008


Induction of labour is experienced by up to one third of women and can be a negative experience, in relation to both the decision about whether to have an induction of labour (IoL) and the experience of the process of IoL. This paper reviews the limited evidence of women's views on and experiences of: information provision; shared decision-making; preferences for method and location of IoL; indications for IoL; pain management; and effective communication and support. Healthcare professionals' views are reviewed, but are underrepresented, and further research is needed to understand experiences of gaining consent for IoL. Systematic review evidence is drawn on where possible, but reviews often found small numbers of papers for inclusion, and provide insights rather than conclusive evidence. Future research would benefit from using validated measures to assess the experience of IoL.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Labor induced; healthcare experience; shared decision-making; satisfaction; Maternal health services; cervical ripening
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
Date available in CRO: 22 Nov 2021 15:07
Date deposited: 22 November 2021
Date of acceptance: 19 August 2021
Date of first online publication: 27 August 2021
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