Parturient satisfaction with labour epidural and factors affecting satisfaction scores: experiences from a tertiary centre in Southern India


  • Leah Raju George Department of Anaesthesia, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Thenmozhi Mani Department of Biostatistics, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Ekta Rai Department of Anaesthesia, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India



Epidural analgesia, Labour analgesia, Patient satisfaction, Satisfaction scores


Background: Labour analgesia though widely practised is still not routinely administered to all parturients in India. We conducted this historical observational cross-sectional study to assess parturient knowledge and factors affecting satisfaction in those who received epidural labour analgesia; aiming at improving the services.

Methods: All parturients requesting epidural labour analgesia have the catheter sited and the drug administered as per institutional protocols. A feedback form is given to these parturients, postnatally. The form consists of questions regarding her knowledge of and experience with labour analgesia, including her satisfaction score on a scale of 0 to 10. Author collected these forms and analyzed them along with information from the labour epidural register and the discharge summary.

Results: The mean satisfaction score was 7.1 (SD- 2.28). 46 parturients (31.08%) had ‘low satisfaction’ (<7 score) and 102 parturients (68.9%) had ‘high satisfaction’ (≥7 score). The timing of initiation of epidural analgesia within the parturients expectations and adequate analgesia were two factors that were found to affect satisfaction scores, with statistically significant values (p=0.002 and p=0.006 respectively). Those with a very short or very long duration of labour analgesia, were more likely to give less satisfaction scores (p=0.023 and p=0.002). Only 30% of parturients had heard of labour analgesia in the past.

Conclusions: In this setting good analgesia and receiving it on time are of utmost importance in those receiving epidural labor analgesia, emphasising the need for adequate analgesia and prompt initiation of the same.


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