The influence of individual provider characteristics and attitudes on caesarean section decision-making: a global review

Ranya Mulchandani*, Harvinder Singh Power, Francesca L. Cavallaro

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Abstract

Caesarean section (CS) rates have risen worldwide in the past two decades, particularly in middle and high-income countries. In addition to changing maternal and health system factors, there is growing evidence that provider factors may contribute to rising unnecessary caesareans. The aim of this review was to assess the evidence for the association between individual provider characteristics, attitudes towards CS and decision-making for CS. A search was conducted in May 2018 in PubMed and Web of Science with 23 papers included in our final review. Our results show that higher anxiety scores and more favourable opinions of CS were associated with increased likelihood of performing CS. These findings highlight a need for appropriate interventions to target provider attitudes towards CS to reduce unnecessary procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • attitudes
  • Caesarean delivery
  • midwife
  • obstetrician
  • provider

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