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Patients' experiences and providers' observations on pain during intrauterine device insertion

Akintomide, Hannat, Brima, Nataliya, Sewell, Robert David Edmund and Stephenson, Judith M. 2015. Patients' experiences and providers' observations on pain during intrauterine device insertion. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 20 (4) , pp. 319-326. 10.3109/13625187.2015.1031885

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Objective To determine women's (patients’) experiences of intrauterine device (IUD) insertion under our current practice and the extent to which these agreed with the observations of the health professionals (providers) who had performed the IUD insertion procedures. Method Questionnaires were used to collect information on women's experiences of the IUD insertion procedure from both patients and providers in a sexual and reproductive health service. Results Overall response rates were high (77%, 284 responses in total). Seventy-three percent of patients were nulliparous and over half nulligravid. The providers predominantly used local anaesthesia for IUD insertions (93%). Most patients reported being anxious before their procedure (86%). Patients mainly described the overall experience of their IUD insertion procedure as being associated with ‘minimal discomfort/nothing’ (42%) or ‘uncomfortable’ (41%). ‘Minimal discomfort/nothing’ (56%) and ‘uncomfortable’ (33%) were the main observations of providers. When responses of patients and their providers were compared, agreement was slight for reported pain levels (k = 0.167 CI [0.13–0.24]). Patients’ reported pain levels were significantly higher than those reported to have been observed by their providers (p < 0.001). Conclusion Patients’ and providers’ responses suggested that the IUD insertion procedure under our current practice appeared acceptable to most patients. However, providers were not usually accurate in their observations and tended to underestimate the degree of pain experienced by their patients during IUD insertion procedures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1362-5187
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 23 May 2020 21:41

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