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Background and Aims Epidural analgesia is one of the most common methods of relieving pain in labour. The objective of this study was to examine the effectiveness of epidural analgesia, maternal satisfaction, and the relationship between the effectiveness of epidural analgesia and various factors.
Methods The data were analysed prospectively, collected during 2022. A total of 60 parturients of single hospital centre in Croatia participated in the study. Data were collected through a questionnaire before the parturient was discharged from the hospital.
Results The mean assessment of pain on a 1-10 numeric rating scale before epidural analgesia was 7,7 and 3,4 after administration of epidural analgesia. The median assessment of pain before epidural analgesia was 8 (7 – 8), and the median assessment of pain after epidural analgesia was 3 (2 ¬– 5). The average satisfaction with epidural analgesia on a 1-10 scale is 8,11, the median satisfaction is 10 (7 – 10). 35 (58,3%) parturients rated satisfaction with 10.
Conclusions Statistically significant association between the effectiveness of epidural analgesia and parity, dilution of administered levobupivacaine, fentanyl administration, and level of education was not found. Childbirth pain is significantly alleviated by the application of epidural analgesia and the satisfaction of parturients is very high.
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