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2016 Survey on Counseling and Managing Patient for Trial of Labor after Cesarean Section

Sali Talab1*, Haitham A2

1Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, KSA, MMB

2Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, KSA, MBBS, SBOG, FMAS, FRS

*Corresponding Author:
Sali Talab
Security Forces Hospital
Riyadh, KSA, MMB
Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 11 802 3333
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: December 26, 2016; Accepted date: January 14, 2017; Published date: January 24, 2017

Citation: Sali T, Haitham A. 2016 Survey on Counselling and Managing Patient for Trial of Labor After Cesarean Section. Crit Care Obst & Gyne. 2017, 3: 1.

Copyright: © 2017 Sali T, et al. sThis is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 
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Abstract

The Survey on Counseling and Managing Patient for Trial of Labor after Cesarean Section (TOLAC) on 2016, the survey conducted in multicenter. The questionnaire included segments on demographics data about physicians, also, elements in counselling sessions such as the success rate in case patients have previous vaginal delivery or not, the likelihood of rupture uterus, blood transfusion, endometritis maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, physician preferred management in those patients if they came in spontaneous labor or need induction of labor and most frequent patient’s final decision with each physician. In total, 300 physicians working in Obstetricians and Gynecologists practice were surveyed. Data analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 2; by using 95% confidence level states and a 5% margin of error.

We found that (84.91%) are including in their counseling session about successful rate of TOLAC in whom had one previous cesarean section and no previous vaginal birth (about 3 out of 4) and whom had one previous cesarean section and with at least one previous vaginal birth (almost 9 out of 10). Moreover, we discover that if patient came with spontaneous labor before an elective repeated cesarean delivery date, (81.37%) of physicians tend to prefer allowing TOLAC instead of preforming cesarean section.

Background

Patients after having primary cesarean section in their previous pregnancies have only two route of delivery which is either vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or elective repeated Cesarean delivery (ERCD) [1]. However, the final decision to choose the mode of delivery usually is made after the counselling session in the early antenatal visits with each patient and her treating physician. Unfortunately, the rate of TOLAC lately is declining [2]. The rate of cesarean section in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is increasing in the last decades although World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the rate of cesarean section should not exceed 15% [3,4]. Moreover, Ministry of Health (MOH), KSA annual mortality revealed that 8% of overall maternal deaths was due to cesarean section, as a result encouraging TOLAC consider to be a safe route of delivery [5,6]. Beside that we hypothesized that counselling physicians in order to misguide their patients in choosing the appropriate rout of delivery may hide some important facts that might play an important role in making the final decision of mode of delivery which include elements in counselling sessions such as the success rate in case patients have previous vaginal delivery or not, the likelihood of rupture uterus, blood transfusion, endometritis maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality.

Objective

Our aim was to assess how does the counselling sessions are running by most of the treating physicians in KSA and to predict the patients’ final decision based on the questionnaire we create.

Methods

Design

The survey questionnaire was developed after reviewing the last guideline in Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Green Top Guidline and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AOCG) [7,8]. The questionnaire included segments on demographics, included elements in counselling sessions, physician preference and most frequent patient’s final decision with each physician.

Study setting

The survey conducted in multicenter to assess the counselling elements that are included in counselling sessions for TOLAC on the practice of obstetrics and gynecology. Centers included in the survey were Primary health care center, Secondary Governmental based hospital, Tertiary Governmental based hospital, Private hospital equipped with Labor room and Operation room and Private clinic setting.

Sample

The entire population General Practitioners, Consultants, Specialists and Residents of Obstetrician & Gynecologist in practice in multicenter, Riyadh, KSA enrolled.

Data analysis

This survey addresses the impact of counselling and managing patient for TOLAC on the practice of obstetrics and gynecology. The survey interval is September 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. In total, 300 physicians working in Obstetricians and Gynaecologists practice were surveyed. The final data represents only those Obstetricians and Gynaecologists who responded to the survey (around 280). Completed surveys were coded and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 2. Data analysis yielded total number and percentages for each of the survey questions. Based on our sample we used a 95% confidence level states and we conduct in our results a 5% margin of error.

Results

Physicians’ demographics

Treating physician surveyed were general practitioners, consultants, specialists and residents of Obstetrician & Gynecologist. As shown in Figure 1, (35.88%) were residents whereas (9.54%) were general practitioners. Level of centers included in survey demonstrated in Figure 2 revealed that (49.80%) were tertiary governmental based hospitals, (36.36%) were secondary governmental based hospitals and (0.79%) were private clinic setting.

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Figure 1: Degree of treating physicians.

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Figure 2: Level of centers included.

Patient care providers during counselling

Patient Care Providers were asked a series of questions about counselling elements included in each counselling sessions for TOLAC. A total of 212 physicians completed the survey. Of the 212, in (Table 1), we found that (84.91%) are including in their counselling session that successful TOLAC with one previous cesarean section and no previous vaginal birth is around 3 out of 4 and successful TOLAC with one previous cesarean section and with at least one previous vaginal birth is almost 9 out of 10. Also we found that (67.63%) and (61.95%) are lacking in their counselling sessions that the likelihood of endometritis in TOLAC compared to ERCD and the likelihood of fetal/newborn Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) in TOLAC compared to ERCD.

Counsellingelements Categories Percentage Total
Successful TOLAC with one previous Cesarean Section and no previous vaginal birth is around 3 out of 4 or 72-75% Yes
No
84.91%
15.09%
212
Successful TOLAC with one previous Cesarean Section and with at least one previous vaginal birth is almost 9 out of 10 or up to 85-90% Yes
No
84.91%
15.09%
212
The likelihood of UTERINE RUPTURE in TOLAC compared to ERCD Yes
No
74.52%
25.48%
208
The likelihood of BLOOD TRANFUSION in TOLAC compared to ERCD Yes
No
55.34%
44.66%
206
The likelihood of ENDOMETRITIS in TOLAC compared to ERCD Yes
No
32.37%
67.63%
207
The likelihood of MATERNAL MORTALITY in TOLAC compared to ERCD Yes
No
40.49%
59.51%
205
The likelihood of FETAL/NEWBORN TRANSIENT RESPIRATORY MORBIDITY in TOLAC compared to ERCD Yes
No
43.14%
56.86%
204
The likelihood of FETAL/NEWBORN HYPOXIC ISCHAEMIC ENCEPHALOPATHY (HIE) in TOLAC compared to ERCD Yes
No
38.05%
61.95%
205

Table 1: Counselling elements included in each counselling sessions for TOLAC.

Among the likelihood of failure of TOLAC, (Table 2) showed that (88.73%) are informing their patients that having a previous Cesarean section for labor dystocia or failure to progress will be higher whereas (65.71%) are informing their patients that having body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 will decline the success rate of TOLAC.

Counsellingelements Categories Percentage Total
Induction of labor Yes 68.90% 209
  No 31.10%  
No previous vaginal delivery Yes 84.13% 208
  No 15.87%  
Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30 Yes 65.71% 210
  No 34.29%  
A previous Cesarean section for labor dystocia or failure to progress Yes 88.73% 213
  No 11.27%  

Table 2: The likelihood of failure of TOLAC will be higher withthe following patient characteristics.

While counselling the patients for ERCD (Table 3) showed that (93.49%, 91.55%, 88.73% and 88.73%) are possible serious complications include pelvic and abdominal adhesions, incidence of urinary bladder injury, incidence of bowel injury and placenta previa respectively.

Counselling Elements Categories Percentage Total
Pelvic and Abdominal Adhesions Yes 93.49% 215
  No 6.51%  
Incidence of Bowel injury Yes 88.73% 213
  No 11.27%  
Incidence of Urinary Bladder injury Yes 91.55% 213
  No 8.45%  
Placenta Previa Yes 88.73% 213
  No 11.27%  
Morbidly adherent placenta Yes 85.45% 213
  No 14.55%  
Possible Cesarean Hystrectomy Yes 78.30% 212
  No 21.70%  
Wound infection Yes 87.32% 213
  No 12.68%  
Anesthesia related complications Yes 85.85% 212
  No 14.15%  
Thrombotic events Yes 83.96% 212
  No 16.04%  

Table 3: Whilecounselling the patients for ERCD: the possible serious complications included.

Patient care providers during management

The survey questionnaire asked about the preferred management of each physician whether or not physicians would allow a TOLAC for a patient who came in different scenarios (Figure 3). Explain what are physician’s preferred management, if patient came with spontaneous labor before an elective repeated Cesarean delivery date (81.37%) would allow TOLAC. On the other hand, if patient came in labor with breech presentation coming in spontaneous labor only (14.83%) would allow TOLAC.

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Figure 3: physician would allow a TOLAC for a patient.

The questionnaire also included segments on physicians preferred method for induction of labor (IOL) for patients with previous cesarean section and currently pregnant which illustrated on table (4). We found that (57.58%) prefer sweeping as the main method of IOL, (52.74%) may use both mechanical or pharmacological methods for IOL depending on the case and only (20.92%) will do cesarean section instead of IOL.

Physician Prefer Categories Percentage Total
mechanical induction of labor as the main method of IOL Yes 45.45% 198
  No 54.55%  
sweeping as the main method of IOL Yes 57.58% 198
  No 42.42%  
pharmacological induction of labor as the main method of IOL Yes 36.22% 196
  No 63.78%  
both mechanical or pharmacological methods of IOL depending on the case Yes 52.74% 201
  No 47.26%  
Cesarean section instead of IOL Yes 20.92% 196
  No 79.08%  

Table 4: In regards to induction of labor (IOL) for patient with history of Cesarean section.

Patient final decision after counselling

Patient’s feedback after being counselled by each physician personally for TOLAC interpreted in (Table 6) taking in consideration are of counselling for instance outpatient department (OPD), emergency room (ER) and labor ward (LW) as well (Table 6). clarify that (47.75%) of patient often tend to decide for TOLAC if their counselling session occurred in OPD. Moreover, (44.14%) of patient’s decision sometimes goes with what physician personally believe whether TOLAC or ERCD. As a result, we noted that patient’s decision often makes physician feel satisfied of his/her counselling abilities in (45.95%) of cases.

Patient’s Decision Never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often Total
patient tend to decide for ERCD if the counselling occurred in OPD 0.90% 29.73% 54.95% 10.81% 3.60% 111
patient tend to decide for TOLAC if the counselling occurred in OPD 0.90% 0.90% 33.33% 47.75% 17.12% 111
patient tend to decide for ERCD if the counselling occurred out of OPD (ER, LW) 4.50% 14.41% 55.86% 18.02% 7.21% 111
patient tend to decide for TOLAC if the counselling occurred out of OPD (ER, LW) 3.60% 19.82% 54.05% 18.92% 3.60% 111
patient’s decision goes with what physician personally believe whether TOLAC or ERCD 3.60% 14.41% 44.14% 31.53% 6.31% 111
patient’s decision makes physician feels satisfied of his/her counselling abilities 1.80% 9.01% 27.03% 45.95% 16.22% 111

Table 5: Patient’s final decision after being counselled with each physician personally.

Discussion

We found that (84.91%) are including in their counselling session that successful TOLAC with one previous cesarean section that is highly encourage patients to go more with TOLAC rather than ERCS. Among the likelihood of failure of TOLAC, (88.73%) are informing their patients that having a previous cesarean section for labor dystocia or failure to progress in cervical dilatation will be higher which may consider against encouraging patients for TOLAC but unfortunately it is a fact they need to know. While counselling the patients for ERCD the majority are included the possible serious complications include pelvic and abdominal adhesions which lead to distort the anatomical orientation of abdominal and pelvic organs, incidence of urinary bladder and ureters injury, incidence of bowel injury, massive bleeding and placenta previa that can be avoided in most of cases by going for TOLAC. We found that most of the physician if their patient came in spontaneous labor before an ERCD date would allow TOLAC. Moreover, we found that half of treating physician preferred sweeping for IOL and may use both mechanical or pharmacological methods for IOL depending on the case sporadically. Patient often tend to decide for TOLAC if their counselling session occurred in OPD. We noted that patient’s decision often makes physician feel satisfied of his/her counselling abilities.

Unfortunately, we know that survey is not the kind of strong evidence we can rely on it but it finds out the physician’s thoughts and believes about counselling and managing patient for TOLAC. However, aiming to get a stronger evidence we can trust we already started a retrospective and prospective cohort studies in order to assess the psychological behavior of the counselor in counseling patient for TOLAC based on this survey and studying all the possible factors that may influence the patient’s final decision in the mode of delivery in order to be identified and to improve our medical practice and patients satisfaction in KSA.

Conclusion

Interestingly, we found that most of the counselling physicians are residents and the majority are including the success rate in achieving TOLAC. That’s can clearly explain that the final decision made by most of the patient was taken after getting their chance in outweigh the benefits and the risks of each route without being affected by the canceller believes or preference.

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