Complementary and alternative medicine for labor pain: a systematic review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Complementary and alternative medicine for labor pain
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to systematically review the literature for, and critically appraise, randomized controlled trials of any type of complementary and alternative therapies for labor pain. STUDY DESIGN: Six electronic databases were searched from their inception until July 2003. The inclusion criteria were that they were prospective, randomized controlled trials, involved healthy pregnant women at term, and contained outcome measures of labor pain. RESULTS: Our search strategy found 18 trials. Six of these did not meet our inclusion criteria. The remaining 12 trials involved acupuncture (2), biofeedback (1), hypnosis (2), intracutaneous sterile water injections (4), massage (2), and respiratory autogenic training (1). CONCLUSION: There is insufficient evidence for the efficacy of any of the complementary and alternative therapies for labor pain, with the exception of intracutaneous sterile water injections. For all the other treatments described it is impossible to make any definitive conclusions regarding effectiveness in labor pain control.

Author(s): 
Huntley, Alyson L.
Coon, Joanna Thompson
Ernst, Edzard
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Journal Abbreviation: 
Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.
Publication Date: 
2004-07
Publication Year: 
2004
Pages: 
36-44
Volume: 
191
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
0002-9378
DOI: 
10.1016/j.ajog.2003.12.008
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 15295342

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Alyson L. Huntley, Joanna Thompson Coon and Edzard Ernst. 2004-07. "Complementary and alternative medicine for labor pain: a systematic review." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 191: 1: 36-44. 10.1016/j.ajog.2003.12.008.

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