Uterine monitoring techniques from patients' and users' perspectives

Kirsten M.J. Thijssen, Marion W.C. Vlemminx, Michelle E.M.H. Westerhuis, Jeanne P. Dieleman, M. Beatrijs van der Hout-van der Jagt, S. Guid Oei

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Objective To evaluate preferences from patients and users on 3 uterine monitoring techniques, during labor. Study Design Women in term labor were simultaneously monitored with the intrauterine pressure catheter, the external tocodynamometer, and the electrohysterograph. Postpartum, these women filled out a questionnaire evaluating their preferences and important aspects. Nurses completed a questionnaire evaluating users' preferences. Results Of all 52 participating women, 80.8% preferred the electrohysterograph, 17.3% the intrauterine pressure catheter and 1.9% the external tocodynamometer. For these women, the electrohysterograph scored best regarding application and presence during labor (p < 0.001). Most important aspects were least likely to harm and least discomfort. Of 57 nurses, 40.4% preferred the electrohysterograph, 35.1% the external tocodynamometer, and 24.6% had no preference, or replied that their preference is subject to situation and patient. Conclusion Patients prefer the electrohysterograph over the external tocodynamometer and the intrauterine pressure catheter, while healthcare providers report ambiguous results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e184-e191
Number of pages8
JournalAJP Reports
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • cardiotocography (MeSH)
  • electrohysterograph
  • external tocodynamometer
  • intrauterine pressure catheter
  • patient preference (MeSH)
  • user preference
  • uterine contraction (MeSH)
  • uterine monitoring (MeSH)


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