Application of the triage assessment system for psychological assessment for pregnant women with a deadly fetal abnormality

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  • Xiao-yan Yu MS,

    Vice Director, Corresponding author
    1. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Hospital School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
    • Correspondence: Xiao-yan Yu, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Hospital School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, #2 Xueshi Road, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province 310006, China. Email: yuxy@zju.edu.cn

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  • Yin Hu BS,

    Senior Nurse
    1. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Hospital School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
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  • Ya-cen Li BS,

    Senior Nurse
    1. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Hospital School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
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  • Su-wen Feng MS

    Head Nurse
    1. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Hospital School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
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Abstract

To explore suitable scales to assess psychological status of pregnant women whose fetuses have grave deformities, a face-to-face interview guided by the Triage Assessment System (TAS) was conducted. Also, a questionnaire of the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) was obtained in 44 pregnant women diagnosed with a fetal deformity. Percentages and non-parametric Spearman correlations were used to analyse the scores of the two scales. The total score of TAS ranged from 3 to 26, with a mean of 9.93; and the total score of IES-R ranged from 5 to 63, with a mean of 40.36. The total score and the two subscales of each scale were significantly correlated (P < 0.05). The TAS subscale of emotion and IES-R subscale of intrusion were not significantly correlated, with r = 0.24 (P = 0.11). Combined use of TAS and IES-R can make up for each other's deficiencies and guide the clinician to make individual interventions during screening and treatment.

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