Health-related quality of life and quality of care in pregnant and postnatal women during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: a cohort study
journal contributionposted on 16.05.2022, 13:37 authored by Fátimah Alaya, Amy P Worrall, Fiona O'Toole, Jillian Doyle, Richard M Duffy, Michael GearyMichael Geary
Objective: Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and the delivery of high-quality care are ongoing concerns when caring for pregnant women during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We compared self-reported HRQoL and hospital quality of care among perinatal women with and without COVID-19.
Methods: This is a prospective cohort study of perinatal women attending a tertiary maternity unit during the pandemic. Eighteen women who tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and 20 SARS-CoV-2-negative women were recruited. Participants completed the Short Form Health Survey (SF-12), Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation-Outcome Measure, and Quality from the Patient's Perspective questionnaires. Mean scores were compared.
Results: Of the Non-COVID-19 cohort, 95% (n = 19) were Caucasian, whereas 67% (n = 12) of the COVID-19 cohort were not Caucasian (χ2 = 16.01, P < 0.001). The mean SF-12 for physical health in the COVID-19 cohort had significantly lower scores (P < 0.002). There was no difference in mental health and well-being between cohorts. The quality of care experienced was notably similar and very positive.
Conclusion: There was a significantly greater burden on physical health among pregnant women with COVID-19. Mental health and psychological status were similar in both groups. High quality of care during a pandemic is possible to deliver in a maternity setting, irrespective of COVID-19 status.
CommentsThe original article is available at https://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Published CitationAlaya F, Worrall AP, O'Toole F, Doyle J, Duffy RM, Geary MP. Health-related quality of life and quality of care in pregnant and postnatal women during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: A cohort study. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2021;154(1):100-105.
Publication Date16 April 2021
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Undergraduate Research
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Published Version (Version of Record)