Development and evaluation of a decision aid for women with a breech-presenting baby. [ 2002 - 2004 ]

Also known as: A decision aid for breech presentation

Research Grant

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Researchers: A/Pr Christine Roberts (Principal investigator) ,  Brian Peat Prof Alexandra Barratt Prof David Henderson-Smart

Brief description Many studies have shown that women want to participate in clinical decisions about the treatments they receive during pregnancy and that involvement in decision making increases satisfaction with maternity care. Decision aids are interventions to help people make specific and deliberative decisions by providing information on the options and outcomes relevant to the person's health. This project aims to develop and evaluate the world's first decision aid for women with a breech presenting baby (bottom rather than head first) in late pregnancy. A decision aid for breech presentation is timely because recent results of an international trial have dramatically altered women's options in the management of breech presentation. The trial of vaginal breech birth versus planned caesarean section (CS) found overwhelming evidence of reduced infant death and disability for women with a planned CS. Planned CS is now considered best practice for delivery of a breech presentation at birth. However, another treatment option for women with a breech presentation is turning the breech to head first before birth (called external cephalic version, ECV). Each of these options (ECV or planned CS) has benefits and risks, and the relative importance of these benefits and risks varies for individual women, a scenario where a decision aid produces the greatest benefit. The breech decision aid developed in this project will be based on the best and most recently available evidence and outcomes. It will incorporate a workbook, audiotape-CD and worksheet that will guide (but not direct) women to a treatment option that best suits them, taking ~20 minutes to complete. The decision aid will be evaluated to assess the impact on women's satisfaction with decision making, knowledge, anxiety and pregnancy outcomes. If successful, the results could be applied to improve consumer information and participation in clinical decisions across a wide spectrum of pregnancy care issues.

Funding Amount $AUD 156,890.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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