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Worldwide prevalence of tocophobia in pregnant women: systematic review and meta-analysis

Overview of attention for article published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, May 2017
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Title
Worldwide prevalence of tocophobia in pregnant women: systematic review and meta-analysis
Published in
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, May 2017
DOI 10.1111/aogs.13138
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Authors

Maeve A. O'Connell, Patricia Leahy-Warren, Ali S. Khashan, Louise C. Kenny, Sinéad M. O'Neill

Abstract

Tocophobia is defined as a severe fear of pregnancy and childbirth. There is increasing evidence that tocophobia may have short and long-term adverse effects on mother and baby. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the global prevalence of tocophobia in pregnancy MATERIAL AND METHODS: Relevant articles were identified through searching six relevant databases: MEDLINE, CINAHL, Pubmed, PsycINFO, Maternity & Infant Care and Scopus between 1946 and April 2016. We used search terms for tocophobia prevalence in pregnant women which we agreed with a medical librarian. There were no language restrictions. Two review authors independently assessed data for inclusion, extracted data and assessed quality using a standardized appraisal tool. Meta-analysis was performed to determine the overall pooled-prevalence of tocophobia. Several subgroup and sensitivity analysis were conducted RESULTS: Thirty-three studies were included in the systematic review from 18 countries of which data from 29 studies were used in the meta-analysis of 853,988 pregnant women. Definition of tocophobia varied, while prevalence rates ranged between 3.7% and 43%. The overall pooled prevalence of tocophobia, using a random-effects model, was 14% (95% CI; 0.12-0.16). Significant heterogeneity was observed (I(2) =99.25%, p=0.00) which was not explained in subgroup analyses including tocophobia definition used, screening trimester and parity CONCLUSION: The prevalence of tocophobia is estimated at 14% and appears to have increased in recent years (2000 onwards). Considerable heterogeneity (99.25%) was noted which may be attributed to lack of consensus on the definition of tocophobia therefore our results should be interpreted with caution. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 162 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 29 18%
Student > Bachelor 22 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 11%
Researcher 13 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 7%
Other 33 20%
Unknown 35 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 43 27%
Medicine and Dentistry 32 20%
Psychology 16 10%
Social Sciences 13 8%
Neuroscience 3 2%
Other 15 9%
Unknown 40 25%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 267. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 August 2021.
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#1
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