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BMC Med. 2006 Mar 1;4:3.

Midwife-led debriefing after operative birth: four to six year follow-up of a randomised trial [ISRCTN24648614].

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  • 1Mother & Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton Victoria 3053, Australia. r.small@latrobe.edu.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is little evidence that single-session debriefing is effective in reducing adverse mental health outcomes after trauma. Few trials have included long-term follow-up, but two also suggest possible negative effects of debriefing. We aimed to assess longer-term maternal health outcomes in a trial of midwife-led debriefing following an operative birth, given that findings at six months could not rule out a possible adverse effect of debriefing.

METHODS:

Four to six years after participating in a midwife-led trial of debriefing following an operative birth, 1039/1041 women were mailed a questionnaire containing the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and the SF-36 health status measure.

RESULTS:

Responses were obtained from 534 women (51.4%). Responders from the two trial groups remained comparable 4-6 years postpartum. No significant differences on maternal health outcomes were found between the trial groups.

CONCLUSION:

In the longer term, maternal health status was neither positively nor adversely affected by the experience of debriefing, despite a hint of adverse effects at six months postpartum. Short debriefing interventions have not proven effective in improving mental health outcomes for women following childbirth.

PMID:
16509986
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1434762
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