Women’s Perception of Future Risk Following Pregnancies Complicated by Preeclampsia

Brown, M. C., Bell, R., Collins, C., Waring, G., Robson, S. C., Waugh, J. and Finch, Tracy (2013) Women’s Perception of Future Risk Following Pregnancies Complicated by Preeclampsia. Hypertension in Pregnancy, 32 (1). pp. 60-73. ISSN 1064-1955

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3109/10641955.2012.704108


Objective - To elicit women’s personal understanding of future cardiovascular risk, following a pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia, and to identify the postnatal needs of these women.

Methods - Semi-structured interviews with 12 women with a recent history of preeclampsia who had attended a postnatal follow-up clinic.

Results - The interviews were held at a median of 47 weeks postpartum (range 24–62 weeks). Family history of cardiovascular disease was associated with a greater awareness of future cardiovascular risk. Women without traditional risk factors found it hard to envisage themselves as being at risk and may not see the relevance of such information. It may take several months after delivery for a woman to be able to fully consider her own health as well as the baby’s; a reminder of risk and health information is needed.

Conclusions - Although receptive to follow-up, the situational factors of being a new mother need to be taken into account to engage successfully with this patient group. Further research is needed to help clarify the extent to which a history of preeclampsia is an independent factor for future cardiovascular disease to provide a solid foundation for effective risk communication.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Preeclampsia, Risk communication, Cardiovascular disease, Postpartum lifestyle, Qualitative
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 11:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32851

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