Comparability of Reasons for Cesarean Sections in Patient Records and Mothers' Interviews



ABSTRACT: Reasons for cesarean sections from three different data sources were compared. One hundred mothers were interviewed, their patient records were read, and the discharge diagnoses were noted. In about 70% of cases at least two of the data sources gave similar reasons for cesarean section, but when all three sources were compared, in only one-third was information similar. These figures cast doubt on the utility of recorded indications in studying reasons for cesarean sections.