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    Many low-income women with false labor want to remain in hospital


    In the first study looking at latent labor experiences among disadvantaged populations of women, researchers at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing and Parkland Health & Hospital System found that 41% of low-income women discharged from the hospital due to a diagnosis of false or early labor did not want to be sent home.

    From October 12, 2011 to January 2, 2012, investigators surveyed via telephone 100 low-income pregnant women who presented for care while in latent labor and consented to participating in the survey. Forty-seven percent of the surveyed women were Hispanic; 31% were African-American. Medicaid was the payer for 30% of the participants, while 26% were under charity care. Questions were based on research on care of women in early labor and the Donabedian quality improvement framework.

    Common reasons for not wanting to be discharged from the hospital included being in too much pain or living a considerable distance from the hospital. When asked what would have made them feel better while in the hospital, more than 60% had responses. Of those who responded, the most common answers were: the ability to eat (68%), the ability to drink (95%), or the ability to walk (72%).


    Miranda Hester
    Ms. Hester is Content Specialist with Contemporary OB/GYN and Contemporary Pediatrics.


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