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The effect of antenatal education in small classes on obstetric and psycho-social outcomes - a systematic review

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Title
The effect of antenatal education in small classes on obstetric and psycho-social outcomes - a systematic review
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Systematic Reviews, February 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13643-015-0010-x
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Carina Sjöberg Brixval, Solveig Forberg Axelsen, Stine Glenstrup Lauemøller, Stig Krøger Andersen, Pernille Due, Vibeke Koushede

Abstract

The aims of antenatal education are broad and encompass outcomes related to pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Both form and content of antenatal education have changed over time without evidence of effects on relevant outcomes. The effect of antenatal education in groups, with participation of a small number of participants, may differ from the effect of other forms of antenatal education due to, for example, group dynamic. The objective of this systematic review is to assess the effects of antenatal education in small groups on obstetric as well as psycho-social outcomes. Bibliographic databases (Medline, EMBASE, CENTRAL, CINAHL, Web of Science, and PsycINFO) were searched. We included randomized and quasi-randomized trials irrespective of language, publication year, publication type, and publication status. Only trials carried out in the Western world were considered in this review. Studies were assessed for bias using the Cochrane risk of bias tool. Results are presented as structured summaries of the included trials and as forest plots. We identified 5,708 records. Of these, 17 studies met inclusion criteria. Studies varied greatly in content of the experimental and control condition. All outcomes were only reported in a single or a few trials, leading to limited or uncertain confidence in effect estimates. Given the heterogeneity in interventions and outcomes and also the high risk of bias of studies, we are unable to draw definitive conclusions as to the impact of small group antenatal education on obstetric and psycho-social outcomes. Insufficient evidence exists as to whether antenatal education in small classes is effective in regard to obstetric and psycho-social outcomes. We recommend updating this review following the emergence of well-conducted randomized controlled trials with a low risk of bias. PROSPERO CRD42013004319.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 2%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 118 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 28 23%
Student > Bachelor 14 12%
Lecturer 12 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 9%
Researcher 10 8%
Other 27 22%
Unknown 19 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 40 33%
Medicine and Dentistry 31 26%
Social Sciences 10 8%
Psychology 5 4%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 4 3%
Other 11 9%
Unknown 20 17%

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