Margaret C. Taylor is a nurse-midwife in private practice in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Taylor's first nursing degree was an ASN (1979) from Memphis State University. She received a certificate in nurse-midwifery from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1986. Subsequent degrees include a BSN (1993) and an MSN (1994) from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. The material presented here is from Ms. Taylor's graduate thesis on group 8 streptococcus.
PATIENT PREFERENCE FOR SELF-COLLECTED CULTURES FOR GROUP B STREPTOCOCCUS IN PREGNANCY
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
1997 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 410–413, September-October 1997
How to Cite
Taylor, M. C., Mercer, B. M., Engelhardt, K. F. and Fricke, J. L. (1997), PATIENT PREFERENCE FOR SELF-COLLECTED CULTURES FOR GROUP B STREPTOCOCCUS IN PREGNANCY. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 42: 410–413. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(97)00054-2
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
To determine pregnant women's preference for self-culture technique, 251 women between 24 and 42 weeks' gestation were interviewed after performing self-collected cultures (vaginal and rectal) for group B streptococcus. Patient receptiveness to self-culture, the ability to perform self-culture, and the desire for choice in the future were derived using the Patient Preference Tool. The majority of women (77%, n = 194) gave positive descriptions of self-culture technique, and the majority of women preferred self-culture technique over nurse-collected sampling (57%, n = 142). Seventy-nine percent (n = 197) stated their desire to have a choice about self-culture in the future when similar testing was needed, and 89% (n = 224) believed that other women would also like this choice. Additionally, patient samples were highly correlated with nurse-collected samples for accuracy of culture results. This study provides data supporting that women desire active participation in their care.