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Mode of Delivery: Toward Responsible Inclusion of Patient Preferences

Author(s): Little, Margaret Olivia; Lyerly, Anne Drapkin; Mitchell, Lisa M.; Armstrong, Elizabeth M.; Harris, Lisa H.; et al

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Abstract: Deciding when and how to incorporate patient preferences regarding mode of delivery is challenging for both obstetric providers and policymakers. An analysis of current guidelines in four clinical scenarios (prior cesarean, twin delivery, breech presentation, and maternal request for cesarean) indicates that some guidelines are highly prescriptive, while others are more flexible, based on physicians’ discretion or (less frequently) patient preferences, without consistency or explicit rationale for when such flexibility is permissible, advisable, or obligatory. While patient choice advocates have called for more patient-responsive guidelines, concerns have also been raised, especially in the context of discussions of cesarean delivery on maternal request, about the dangers of unfettered patient preference-driven clinical decisions. In this article, we outline a framework for the responsible inclusion of patient preferences into decision making regarding approach to delivery. We conclude, using this framework, that more explicit incorporation of patient preferences are called for in the first three scenarios, and indicate why expanding access to cesarean delivery on maternal request is more complicated and would require more data and further consideration.
Publication Date: Oct-2008
Citation: Little, Margaret Olivia, Lyerly, Anne Drapkin, Mitchell, Lisa M., Armstrong, Elizabeth M., Harris, Lisa H., Kukla, Rebecca, Kuppermann, Miriam. (2008). Mode of Delivery: Toward Responsible Inclusion of Patient Preferences. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 112 (4), 913 - 918. doi:10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181888fd8
DOI: doi:10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181888fd8
ISSN: 0029-7844
Pages: 913 - 918
Language: en
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Version: Author's manuscript

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