Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Labor Analgesia amongst healthcare workers and patients: A single center cross sectional study

  • Maher Ali
  • Syed Farjad Sultan
  • Anil Kumar
  • Nida Ghouri
Keywords: Epidural, Labor analgesia, Obstetrics, Regional anaesthesia


Background and Objective: Childbirth ranks amongst the most painful experiences a woman has to endure. In developing countries issues related to awareness, acceptability and availability of analgesia exist. This study aims to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices for labor analgesia amongst healthcare workers and patients.

Methods: We performed a cross-sectional study conducted at Shaikh Saeed Memorial Campus of The Indus Hospital (TIH), Karachi. The study was performed in November 2016. Two surveys were conducted for this study; one for healthcare workers with patient interaction and second on patients attending their first antenatal clinic. The participants were asked to complete a survey following consent.

Results: A total of 71 healthcare workers and 1005 patients participated in the study. Among healthcare workers, 43.7% felt that pain relief should be administered, 14.1% believed analgesia had adverse effects on fetus and 11.3% reported increased risk of cesarean section. Results from patients showed 27.9% were aware of labor analgesia and when informed, 85.2% were willing to have labor analgesia. In 14.1% of patients, labor analgesia was unsupported as they stated being a mother meant to endure pain.

Conclusion: There is a wide gap between knowledge and practice of labor analgesia. Healthcare workers have a role in educating women, to be advocates for labor analgesia and to educate patients timely for this service.


How to cite this:
Ali M, Sultan SF, Kumar A, Ghouri N. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Labor Analgesia amongst healthcare workers and patients: a single center cross sectional study. Pak J Med Sci. Special Supplement ICON 2020. 2020;36(1):S4-S8.  doi:

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