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TJFMPC. 2013; 7(4): 87-90

Effectiveness of Biofeedback as a Tool to Reduce the Perception of Labour Pain among Primigravidas: Pilot Study

Janula Raju, Mahipal Singh.

Background: Labor pain is the most undesirable and unpleasant aspect of experience during childbirth. It is a challenging issue for nurses designing intervention protocols. Thus, the purpose of this study was to identify the effect of biofeedback on the perception of pain during labor among laboring women.
Methodology: A quasi-experimental design with random assignment was utilized in this investigation. Fifty subjects were assigned into either biofeedback (n=25) or control group (n=25). Participants’ levels of pain were measured utilizing the visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain and the behavioral rating scale (BRS) for pain. The control group was provided with the usual standard routine of care, while the biofeedback group was provided with the usual standard routine of care and was exposed biofeedback therapy throughout the labor.
Results: Findings revealed that those in the biofeedback group had statistically significant reduction in reported pain levels compared to those in control group [VAS (t=2.85, p=0.0064) and BRS (t=5.2, p=0.0001)].
Conclusion: The study showed that biofeedback therapy during labor can reduced pain and it can be used as a part of routine care for women during labor.

Key words: Biofeedback, labour pain, Childbirth, visual analogue scale, behavioral rating scale

Article Language: Turkish English

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