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The Language of First-Trimester Nonviable Pregnancy

Patient-reported Preferences and Clarity

Clement, E.G.; Horvath, S.; McAllister, A.; Koelper, N.C.; Sammel, M.D.; Schreiber, C.A.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: June 2019 - Volume 39 - Issue 2 - p 80–81
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000557665.33151.e9
Epidemiologic Reports Surveys

(Obstet Gynecol. 2019;133:149–154)

There is no consensus on terminology regarding first-trimester pregnancy loss (<10 wk of gestation) in the literature. Consequently, the terms miscarriage, spontaneous abortion, and early pregnancy loss are often used interchangeably. It is quite possible that this variability in terminology has contributed to previously reported patient dissatisfaction with health care provider communication during the time of loss diagnosis. To gain insight into the patient experience and address this area for improvement, the authors of the present study surveyed women experiencing first-trimester pregnancy loss in a multisite, randomized trial.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Division of Family Planning, and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

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