Nancy K. Lowe, PhD. RN, is an Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus.
The convergence between in-labor report and postpartum recall of parturition pain
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2007
Copyright © 1988 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 11–21, February 1988
How to Cite
Lowe, N. K. and Roberts, J. E. (1988), The convergence between in-labor report and postpartum recall of parturition pain. Res. Nurs. Health, 11: 11–21. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770110104
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 6 JUL 1987
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 JUL 1987
- Manuscript Received: 2 SEP 1986
- National Research Service Award, Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Grant Number: 1F31NM-05829-01SRC
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This non-experimental study was designed to investigate the congruence between in-labor report and postpartum recall of labor pain as measured by the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ). Fifty married parturients, ages 19 to 39 at term with a normal pregnancy, served as subjects. Analysis of variance showed that postpartum report of labor pain on the Present Pain Intensity scale of the MPQ was not consistently congruent with pain reported during labor. In contrast, the Pain Rating Index of the MPQ provided postpartum data that was congruent with the in-labor report. Significant interaction effects, however, suggested that postpartally the women tended to devaluate the pain of early labor and inflate the pain of transitional labor when compared to their in-labor report. Theoretical and practical implications of the results for the measurement of labor pain are discussed.