Women’s perspectives of the fetal fibronectin testing process: a qualitative descriptive study

Title: Women’s perspectives of the fetal fibronectin testing process: a qualitative descriptive study
Authors: Peterson, Wendy E
Sprague, Ann E
Reszel, Jessica
Walker, Mark
Fell, Deshayne B
Perkins, Sherry L
Dunn, Sandra I
Johnson, Moya
Date: 2014-06-04
Abstract: Abstract Background In 2009 the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care funded the implementation of province-wide fetal fibronectin testing in Ontario hospitals. This paper reports results from the provincial evaluation that sought to describe the experience of fetal fibronectin testing from the perspective of women with symptoms of preterm labour. Methods A descriptive qualitative design was used, employing semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews with women who had fetal fibronectin testing. Results Five hospitals participated in recruiting women for the study and 17 women were interviewed. Women described their experiences of fetal fibronectin testing as an emotional process that moves from expecting, to feeling, to hoping for reassurance; and then to re-defining what is required to feel reassured. Women described feeling anxious while waiting for fetal fibronectin results. When test results were negative, women described feeling a sense of relief that their symptoms would not likely lead to an imminent preterm birth. Women with positive results expressed feeling reassured by the care decisions and quick action taken by the health care team. Conclusion Fetal fibronectin testing was acceptable and beneficial to these women with symptoms of preterm labour. Implications for practice and future research are suggested.
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2393-14-190
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