Health services utilization of women following a traumatic birth
E Turkstra, DK Creedy, J Fenwick, A Buist, PA Scuffham, J Gamble
ARCHIVES OF WOMENS MENTAL HEALTH | SPRINGER WIEN | Published : 2015
This cohort study compared 262 women with high childbirth distress to 138 non-distressed women. At 12 months, high distress women had lower health-related quality of life compared to non-distressed women (EuroQol five-dimensional (EQ-5D) scale 0.90 vs. 0.93, p = 0.008), more visits to general practitioners (3.5 vs. 2.6, p = 0.002) and utilized more additional services (e.g. maternal health clinics), with no differences for infants. Childbirth distress has lasting adverse health effects for mothers and increases health-care utilization.
Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
The study was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (Grant ID 481900).