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Development of an instrument to measure nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

By Brian L. Swallow, S. W. Lindow, E. A. Masson and D. M. Hay


Severity of nausea, retching and vomiting was determined\ud using a newly developed nausea and vomiting in pregnancy\ud instrument (NVPI) in two groups of pregnant women at two\ud gestational time periods. Participants at Time 1 (approximately gestational week 9), completed a postal questionnaire (N = 643) and those at Time 2 (approximately 13 weeks) completed the instrument at the clinic (N = 284). The three scale items forming the instrument had acceptable internal reliability (Time 1 a = 0·76; Time 2 a = 0·82). It was noted that approximately 60% of women did not vomit, approximately 30% experienced no retching, but 30–40% experienced nausea either all the time or more than once a day. The instrument may prove to be useful as a research tool to study nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

Topics: B720 Midwifery, C800 Psychology, A990 Medicine and Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Healthsciences
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1080/0144361021000003582
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