Health services utilization of women following a traumatic birth

E. Turkstra, D. K. Creedy, J. Fenwick, A. Buist, P. A. Scuffham, J. Gamble

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This cohort study compared 262 women with high childbirth distress to 138 non-distressed women. At 12 months, high distress women had lower health-related quality of life compared to non-distressed women (EuroQol five-dimensional (EQ-5D) scale 0.90 vs. 0.93, p = 0.008), more visits to general practitioners (3.5 vs. 2.6, p = 0.002) and utilized more additional services (e.g. maternal health clinics), with no differences for infants. Childbirth distress has lasting adverse health effects for mothers and increases health-care utilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-832
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Childbirth trauma
  • Distress
  • Health-care utilization
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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