The general populations’ understanding of first trimester miscarriage: a cross sectional survey

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dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Claire M.
dc.contributor.author Meaney, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Rice, Rachel
dc.contributor.author Sheehan, Jacqueline
dc.contributor.author O'Donoghue, Keelin
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-30T13:25:10Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-30T13:25:10Z
dc.date.issued 2020-09-10
dc.identifier.citation McCarthy, C. M., Meaney, S., Rice, R., Sheehan, J. and O’Donoghue, K. (2020) 'The general populations’ understanding of first trimester miscarriage: a cross sectional survey', European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 254, pp. 200-205. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2020.08.042 en
dc.identifier.volume 254 en
dc.identifier.startpage 200 en
dc.identifier.endpage 205 en
dc.identifier.issn 0301-2115
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10687
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2020.08.042 en
dc.description.abstract Objectives: Miscarriage is a common, yet for many, devastating adverse pregnancy outcome. However, despite this the level of public knowledge on the topic is sub-optimal. We aimed to examine the general public’s knowledge of miscarriage as well as their health information seeking behaviours associated with this topic. Study Design: We commissioned a national cross-sectional telephone survey of adults in the Republic of Ireland. 967 members of the general public consented to participate to this anonymised telephone survey. Sampling procedures ensured proportionality as per national standards. We examined respondents’ definitions of miscarriage, its incidence and clinical findings, as well as the information seeking behaviours of the general population surrounding miscarriage. Results: 699 (72%) of respondents provided an estimate of miscarriage frequency, with 28% of respondents correctly estimating that miscarriage occurs in 21-30% of pregnancies, with 61% under-estimating the incidence. Men were three times more likely than women to under-estimate (aOR3.5; 95% CI 2.4-4.9), as were those without children (aOR 1.7; 95% CI 1.2-2.6), or those living in urban areas (aOR 1.6; 95% CI 1.0-2.4. One third of respondents (33%) believed that the risk of miscarriage was higher following only one miscarriage. While 83% of respondents knew someone who had experienced a miscarriage, just over one third had discussed the topic of miscarriage with a family member/friend. Conclusions: The general populations’ knowledge of miscarriage, its incidence and associated factors is concerning, as are their health information seeking behaviours. Improving the level of knowledge of the general public could be achieved by adopting the topic into existing public health and education strategies. This will allow those experiencing miscarriage to frame their experience and expectations. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.uri https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301211520305480
dc.rights © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Public health en
dc.subject Miscarriage en
dc.subject Maternity en
dc.subject Knowledge en
dc.subject Obstetrics en
dc.title The general populations’ understanding of first trimester miscarriage: a cross sectional survey en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Claire M. McCarthy, The Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland +353-21-490-3000 en
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dc.check.date 2021-09-10
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 542166181
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress k.odonoghue@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress s.meaney@ucc.ie en


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