The Evolution of Bed Rest as a Clinical Intervention

Authors

  • Ann E. Sprague RNC, BN, MEd

    perinatal coordinator, Corresponding author
    1. Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern & Southeastern Ontario (PPPESO), Ottawa, Ontario, and a PhD candidate in nursing, University of Alberta.
      Ann Sprague, RNC, BN, MEd, Rm. 8304, Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, 501 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6. E-mail: asprague@ottawahospital.on.ca.
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Ann Sprague, RNC, BN, MEd, Rm. 8304, Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, 501 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6. E-mail: asprague@ottawahospital.on.ca.

Abstract

Bed rest as a therapy can be traced back to Hippocrates and has been used for many types of illnesses since then. It is still commonly used as an intervention in pregnancy despite known physiological and psychological side effects. Some historical and social reasons why nurses and other health care providers are slow to change practice are provided. Evidence from randomized trials is urgently needed to support or refute the use of bed rest in pregnancy.

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