Women's experiences of preeclampsia: Australian action on preeclampsia survey of women and their confidants

East, C., Conway, K., Pollock, W., Frawley, N. and Brennecke, S. (2011) Women's experiences of preeclampsia: Australian action on preeclampsia survey of women and their confidants. Journal of Pregnancy, 2011 375653-1-375653-6. doi:10.1155/2011/375653


Author East, C.
Conway, K.
Pollock, W.
Frawley, N.
Brennecke, S.
Title Women's experiences of preeclampsia: Australian action on preeclampsia survey of women and their confidants
Journal name Journal of Pregnancy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2090-2727
2090-2735
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1155/2011/375653
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2011
Start page 375653-1
End page 375653-6
Total pages 6
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction. The experience of normal pregnancy is often disrupted for women with preeclampsia (PE). Materials and Methods.
Postal survey of the 112 members of the consumer group, Australian Action on Pre-Eclampsia (AAPEC). Results. Surveys were
returned by 68 women (61% response rate) and from 64 (57%) partners, close relatives or friends. Respondents reported
experiencing pre-eclampsia (n = 53), eclampsia (n = 5), and/or Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelets (HELLP
syndrome) (n = 26).Many women had no knowledge of PE prior to diagnosis (77%) and, once diagnosed, did not appreciate how
serious or life threatening it was (50%).Women wanted access to information about PE. Their experience contributed substantial
anxiety towards future pregnancies. Partners/friends/relatives expressed fear for the woman and/or her baby and had no prior
understanding of PE. Conclusions. The PE experience had a substantial effect on women, their confidants, and their babies and
affected their approach to future pregnancies. Access to information about PE was viewed as very important.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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