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Early postpartum discharge versus traditional length of stay: patient preferences.

Authors
  • Reever, M M
  • Lyon, D S
  • Mokhtarian, P L
  • Ahmed, F
Type
Published Article
Journal
Southern medical journal
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1998
Volume
91
Issue
2
Pages
138–143
Identifiers
PMID: 9496864
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Women with a high internal locus of control and/or distrust of the medical system expressed a desire for early postpartum discharge. Few women in our study exhibited those qualities; over 75% of those who had a preference wanted a longer period of hospitalization. Although our sample has both negative and positive skews in terms of other available social supports, it is a well-educated and economically well-supported group. We conclude that many women do not believe they would be ready to leave the hospital at less than 24 hours postpartum.

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