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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 8, Issue.: 11


A Single Institution Study of Attitudes of Primigravidae to Routine Clinical Pelvimetry


T. C. Okeke1*, J. O. Enwereji1, C. I. Onwuka1, L. C. Ikeako2, C. C. T. Ezenyeaku2 and S. E. Iferikigwe1

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Nigeria.
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anambra State University Teaching Hospital, Awka, Nigeria.

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(1) Yoshihiro Nishida, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Yuhu-city, Japan.
(1) Abdelmonem Awad Hegazy, Anatomy and Embryology Department, Zagazig University, Egypt.
(2) Anonymous, Ataturk University, Turkey.
(3) Natasha Gupta, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, USA.
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Background: Pelvimetry is a poor predictor of obstetric outcome. The predictive value of clinical pelvimetry remains limited except in extreme pelvic contracture or an excessively large fetus.
Objective: To determine the attitudes of primigravidae to routine clinical pelvimetry.
Subjects and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of primigravidae at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu between January 1st and December 31st, 2009. Self-administered, structured, and pre-tested questionnaires were distributed to the consenting selected women by trained medical interns. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 16. P< 0.05 was considered statistically significant.
Results: A total of 195 primigravidae were selected at random for this study. One hundred and thirty eight primigravidae (138/195, 70.77%) were aware of clinical pelvimetry while 29.23% (57/195) were not aware of clinical pelvimetry. One hundred and twenty five primigravidae (90.58%, 125/138) desired clinical pelvimetry to continue while thirteen (9.42%, 13/138) did not desire clinical pelvimetry to continue. There was statistically significant difference between those who were aware and unaware of pelvimetry in their desire for pelvimetry [X2=18.903, p=0.0001, OR 5.2, 95% confidence interval=2.20 to 12.44].
Conclusion: There is profound awareness and the desire to continue clinical pelvimetry among primigravidae at the UNTH, Enugu, Nigeria, where majority of the women showed strong preference for it.

Keywords :

Attitudes; primigravida; routine clinical pelvimetry; Enugu; Nigeria.

Full Article - PDF    Page 931-936

DOI : 10.9734/BJMMR/2015/18430

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